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PRESENT 



TO 




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MY CHRISTIAN FRIEND 



ON 



ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 



BY MKS. PHCEBE PALMEK, 

B WAT OF HOLINES 
ITS BFFKCTS," &C. 



AUTHOR OF "the WAY OF HOLINESS/' "FAITH AND 



NEW EDITION, REVISED. 



LONDON : 
ALEXANDER HEYLIN, 28, PATERNOSTER ROW. 

1857. 



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LONDON : 
PRINTED BT WILLIAM NICHOLS, 
9% LONDON WALL. 



AUTHOR'S PREFACE 

TO THE FOURTEENTH EDITION. 



Though the new edition of this little work is 
presented to the public in a new form, and with 
a large addition of new matter, it comes with no 
new doctrines. Every truth in religion is as old 
as the Bible ; and the aim of the author of this 
work is not to set forth any new phases in piety, 
or to develope new and unauthorized views that 
have not been clearly presented in the Scriptures 
of truth to the aspiring gaze of the Christian. 
Her simple aim is to bring up with freshness, and 
describe in scriptural phraseology, — 

" The way tlie holy prophets went," — 

the way that has been trodden by the truly de- 
voted of all ages and of every evangelical sect. 

It has been the effort of the author to main- 
tain holiness as the great leading doctrine of the 
Bible, rather than as a doctrine peculiar to any 
sect. Occasional illustrations from the experi- 
ence of individuals connected with various deno- 
minations, both from among the ministry and 
the laity, are interspersed, as confirmatory of the 
fact, that holiness is not merely the doctrine of a 
sect, but the doctrine of the Bible. 

In endeavouring to commend and enforce the 



IV PEEPACE. 

importance and excellency of the theme, the 
author does not attempt to evade the offence of 
the cross, by employing other than scriptural 
phraseology. "The inglorious task of endeavour- 
ing to make the doctrine, experience, and pro- 
fession of holiness popular, has not been under- 
taken; efforts of this sort ever have been, and 
ever must be, ineffectual. The hearty reception 
of a doctrine which makes it the duty of men to 
become Christ-like, and exhibit in heart and life 
entire devotedness to the interests of Christ's 
kingdom, is not to be expected either of the 
world or worldly-minded professors. An embo- 
diment of holiness once appeared in human form. 
Immaculate purity, ineffable beauty of holiness, 
was once personified, and walked and talked with 
men. Was He, or were His sayings, popular ? 
Listen to the questionings : " Is not this the 
carpenter's son ? " " Have any of the rulers 
and Pharisees believed on Him ? " " This is a 
hard saying ; who can hear it ? " 

And, as the term " holiness " is used by Divine 
dictation to express a state in which all who 
would see the Lord must live, is a modification 
of the term to suit the worldly or fastidious pro- 
fessor permitted to the creature ? Let those who 
would avoid the experience or the phraseology 
because of its unpopularity, remember the words 
of the Saviour, Mark viii. 38. 



INTRODUCTION. 



My beloved Cheistian Feibnd, — Will 
you accept of this little token of regard from one 
deeply interested in your welfare ? I have re- 
ceived your friendship as a precious gift from God. 
Yes, " Jesus gives me my friends," and I have 
resolved on valuing and also cherishing your 
friendship as a precious gift from Him. Tou will 
feel with me that friendships thus bestowed are 
Divine responsibilities. Then, beloved one, let 
us be faithful to each other ; and may our com- 
munings during our short sojourn here be so 
directed as shall in the highest possible degree 
tell toward our mutual welt-being in eternity. 

I would not needlessly sadden your heart, but 
my thoughts are now dwelling on the certainty 
of that period when our friendship on earth will 
close. Perhaps before the expiration of the pre- 
sent year, you or I may be called suddenly, " in 
such an hour as we think not," to meet the Son 
of man. My intense solicitude for you moves 
me to faithfulness beyond what cold formality 
might warrant. 

Permit me, then, beloved one, to ask. Are you 
ready? Have you on the white robe? No 
longer think of holiness as a doctrine peculiar to 



VI INTEODUOTION. 

a sect, but rather as a doctrine peculiar to the 
Bible, as the only fitness for admission to the 
society of the blood-washed in heaven. 

If you are not a hol^ Christian, you are not a 
Bible Christian. I have been much concerned, 
that till this period you should have remained 
indefinite in your experience on this point. In 
endeavouring to show the standard of Bible 
fitness for heaven, and the manner of attaining 
it, I have taken it in my way to answer three 
questions, which I am sure you will regard as 
infinitely important. 

I hope you wiU take this smaU token of affec- 
tionate regard to your closet, and, in solemn, 
prayerftd waiting, decide there on perfecting 
holiness in the fear of God. May the Sun of 
righteousness shine upon your mind, and the 
Spirit of holiness guide you into all truth, so 
that, as you read thid communication, you may, 
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 
enter into the holiest ! 

P.P. 



CONTENTS. 



Faqk 

I. HOLINESS 1 

II. WHAT IS GOSPEL HOLINESS, OR SANCTIFI- 

CATION? 3 

III. HOW MAY WB ENTEE INTO THE ENJOY- 
MENT OF HOLINESS ? ... 8 

IV. WHAT WILL BE THE ADVANTAGES TO OUR- 

SELVES AND OTHERS? ETC 24 

V. CONTINUATION OP ADVANTAGES, ETC 33 

VI. charlots;b : or, the master calleth for 

THEE 40 

VII. YOUNG CONVERTS MAY BE HOLY 53 

VIII. THE WHITE ROBE 59 

IX. THY CROWN 70 

X. THE DISAPPOINTMENT 76 

XI. MAN OR ANGEL 79 

XII. HOW TO OBTAIN THE JOY 09 CHRIST 83 

XIII. SANCTIFICATION SIMPLIFIED TO A CHILD... 89 

XrV. "MARRIED TO THEE " 91 

XV. A COVENANT 96 

XVI. HOW ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION MAY BE RE- 
TAINED 101 

XVII. POWER OF FAITH — ^VOICB FROM THE EAST. . 106 

XVIII. VOICE FROM THE SOUTH. Ill 

XIX. VOICE FROM THE WEST.. 116 

XX. VOICE FROM THE NORTH 119 

XXI. THE AI/TAB 124 



ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 



I. 

HOLINESS'. 

Dost thou turn away with half-averted eye, 
yielding to an impression indefinitely formed, 
that this, for the present, is a subject that does not 
demand special attention? Let us for a few 
moments examine the foundation on which this 
impression rests, and know whether it is war- 
ranted. We will take the word of Grod for our 
text-book, and not, " What does my neighbour, 
or what does my Christian friend, think of the 
doctrine of holiness ? " No; for thereby we should 
be in dang^J: of being influenced by the tradi- 
tions of men. To the law and to the testimony, 
and not to the experience or practice of this or 
that professor, however high in experience or 
station. What does God say to me on this sub- 
ject? What does He now require of me in 
relation to it ? And how should these require- 
ments aflTect my present conduct ? And then let 
us firmly purpose, in the strength of the Lord 
Jehovah, that every future effort shall be corre- 
spondingly directed. 

Let us take a declaration from the word of 
God, — a declaration which, at a glance, covers 



2 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

the ground we would occupy, involving require- 
ments weighty and far-reaching as eternity. 
" Follow peace with all men, and holiness , with- 
out which no man shall see the Lord." Had 
attention been called to this article by the words, 
"To one who intends to see God, or to make 
sure work for heaven," your heart would pro- 
bably at once, as your eye met the article, have 
said, "Why, that is something for nieJ^ Then you 
need not be assured that the attainment of the 
end is utterly impossible without the use of the 
means. Thus you at once come in possession of 
the knowledge that it is absolutely necessary 
that you should be hoh/^ if you would see God. 

But perhaps you may say, " I am convinced 
that holiness is necessary, and I intend to have 
it before I am called into the presence of God." 
Ah I hear His voice saying unto thee, " Watch : 
for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." 
Think of the many, both of the prepared and 
the unprepared, who have been called without a 
moment's warning to meet God. 

Scores will be in the eternal world before the 
return of this day next week, who expect it as 
little as yourself; and the voice still continues 
to say, " What I say unto you I say unto all. 
Watch." 

Perhaps you are saying, " I would be holy ; I 
would not leave the attainment of it for any 
future period, not one day; no, not one hour 
would I delay ; but I cannot get my eye distinctly 



HOLINESS. 3 

fixed on the object. At times I get a glimpse, 
but mainly it seems to stand as an attainment 
quite beyond my reach ; and too often do I find 
myself giving way to the persuasion that it 
cannot be well apprehended, except by those 
more deeply experienced in the things of God." 
Let me assure you, dear friend, that as surely as 
you need holiness nowy so surely it is for you tww. 
The provisions of the Gospel are all suited to 
the exigences of the present time. Are you com- 
manded to be ready for the coming of your Lord 
now ? Then holiness is a blessing which it is 
now your privilege and also your duty to enjoy. 
We will now endeavour, as premised, to answer 
three important questions. First, What is im- 
plied in Gospel holiness or sanctification ? Se- 
cond, How may we enter upon the enjoyment 
of a state of holiness ? Third, What will be the 
advantages to ourselves and others of living in 
possession of it P 



11. 

WHAT IS GOSPEL HOLINESS, OB SANCTI- 
FICATION ? 

Gospel holiness is that state which is attained 
by the believer when, through faith in the in- 
fiittte merit of the Saviour, body and soul, with 
every ransomed faculty, are ceaselessly presented, 
a living sacrifice, to God ; the purpose of the 

B 2 



4 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

soul being steadily bent to know nothing 
among men, save Christ and Him crucified, 
and the eye of faith fixed on " the Lamb of God 
which taketh away the sin of the world." In 
obedience to the requirement of God, the sacri- 
fice is presented through Christ, and the soul at 
once proves that " He is able also to save them to 
the uttermost that come unto God by Him." 

Holiness implies salvation from sin, a redemp- 
tion from all iniquity. The soul, through faith 
being laid upon the altar that aanctifieth the gift, 
experiences constantly the all-cleansing efficacy 
of the blood of Jesus. And through this it 
knows the blessedness of being presented fault- 
less before the throne, and mingles its triumphant 
ecstasies with the blood-washed company : " Unto 
Him that loved us, and washed us from our 
sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings 
and priests unto God and His Father, to Him 
be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 

Though saved from all sin at present, yet 
the soul that has been brought into the experience 
of this state well knows that it is not saved 
to the uttermost. It finds that, in the entire 
surrender of the world, it has but " laid aside 
every weight." And now, with undeviating pur- 
pose and unshackled feet, it runs with increasing 
rapidity and delight in the way of His command- 
ments, gaining new accessions of wisdom, power, 
and love, with every other grace, daily. 

" Holiness," " sanctification," and " perfect 



HOLINESS. 5 

love" are terms intimately related in meaning. 
The tenns holineaa and sancti/tcation, being fre- 
quently used by Divine inspiration, we may pre- 
sume to be mostsignificantlyexpressiveof the state 
to which it is the duty of every believer to attain. 

"Sanctification" beinga word of much the same 
prominence as " holiness " in the blessed Word, it 
may be well to devote a few moments to its 
investigation, as it will doubtless throw an 
increase of light on the endeavour to ascertain 
the nature of the blessing. 

As we have frequent occasion to observe in 
Scripture, the term " sanctify," in its most simple 
definition, means setting apart for any specified 
purpose. Thus it was that Moses was com- 
manded to sanctify the children of Israel. " And 
the Lord said unto Moses, Gro unto the people, 
and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let 
them wash their clothes, and be ready against 
the third day : for the third day the Lord will 
come down in the sight of all the people upon 
Mount Sinai." (Exod. xix. 10, 11.) 

The Israelites also were required to sanctify 
themselves : " Sanctify yourselves therefore and 
be ye holy : for I am the Lord your God." 
(Lev. XX. 7.) The Saviour sanctified Himself for 
the redemption of the world : " And for their 
sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be 
sanctified through the truth." (John xvii. 19.) 
God also is represented as sanctifying His people: 
** I am the Lord which sanctify you." (Lev. xx. 8.) 

B 3 



6 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

"That ye may know that I am the Lord that 
doth sanctify you." (Exod. xxxi. 13.) " And the 
very God of peace sanctify you wholly." (1 Thess. 
V. 23.) " Even as Christ also loved the Church 
and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify 
and cleanse it." (Eph. v. 25, 26.) The Savioiur 
prays that His disciples may be sanctified through 
the truth : " Sanctify them through Thy truth : 
Thy word is truth." (John xvii. 17.) Peter also 
speaks of the sanctification of the elect, according 
to the foreknowledge of God, unto obedience and 
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. (1 Peter i. 2.) 
Paul as above speaks of the sanctification of the 
church, cleansed with the washing of water by 
the word. (Eph. v. 26, 27.) The Corinthian 
brethren are also exhorted to cleanse themselves 
from aU filthiness of the flesh and spirit, by 
taking hold on the promises. (2 Cor. vii. 1.) 
The vessels in the temple were all, by the spe- 
cial appointment of God, set apart for holy pur- 
poses ; and though a variety of uses was desig- 
nated, yet they were sanctified exclusively for 
the holy service of the sanctuary. 

Thus it is that the Christian, redeemed from 
all iniquity, not with corruptible things, such as 
silver and gold, but by the precious blood of 
Jesus, is, by the most explicit declarations and 
ohligatUms, required to come out and be separate. 
** And what agreement hath the temple of God 
with idols P for ye are the temple of the living 
God ; as God hath said, 1 will dweU in them. 



HOLINESS. 7 

and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and 
they shall be My people. Wherefore come out 
from among them and be ye separate, saith the 
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I 
will receive you." (2 Cor. vi. 16, 17.) " Go ye 
out of the midst of her ; be ye clean that bear 
the vessels of the Lord." (Isaiah lii. 11.) " Know 
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy 
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, 
and ye are not your own ? For ye are bought 
with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, 
and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. vi. 
19, 20.) " For this is the will of God, even your 
sanctification." (1 Thess. iv. 3, 4.) " If ye were 
of the world, the world would love his own ; but 
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen 
you out of the world, therefore the world hateth 
you." (John xv. 19.) Yet "sanctification," as 
applied to believers, comprehends inconceivably 
greater blessedness than a mere nominal setting 
apart of body and soul, with every power, to God. 
The sacrifice, or service, however well intended, 
could not for a moment be acceptable without 
the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of 
the Holy Ghost. 

And then, in order to be continually washed, 
cleansed, and renewed after the image of God, 
the sacrifice must be ceaselesaly presented. This 
is implied in the expression, " a living sacrifice ;" 
it is thus we are made priests imto God. Through 
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, that taketh away 



8 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

the sins of the world ; the Way, the Truth, and the 
Life ; the Door by which we enter in ; the Lamb 
slain from the foundation of the world; the 
sacrifice ascends unto God a sweet savour of 
Christ. It is thus that the triumphant believer 
momentarily realizes the blessed fulfilment of 
the prayer : " And the very God of peace sanc- 
tify you wholly; and I pray God your whole 
spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blame- 
less unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Clirist. 
Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do 
it." Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus. 



IIT. 

now MAY WE ENTER INTO THE ENJOYMENT 

OF HOLINESS? 

Having become convinced that holiness is a 
state of soul which the Scriptures clearly set 
forth as an attainment which it is your duty and 
privilege to be living in the enjoyment of, it is 
necessary that the intention be fully fixed to live 
a holy life. 

This will require deep searchings of heart, and 
will not admit of a secret reserve of this or the 
other thing, when there is a doubt that the object 
may be prejudicial to the soul's best interests. 
The matter must be brought to bear the scruti- 
nizing eye of God; and mtist be decided upon 



HOLINESS. 9 

faithfully, though the decision involve a sur- 
render literally painM as that of parting with a 
right hand or right eye. 

Some may be inclined to think this is narrow- 
ing the way too much, and with shrinking of 
heart may solicitously inquire, " Lord, are there 
few that be saved?" while the Saviour, behold- 
ing the many hindrances, replies, " Strive to 
enter in at the strait gate : for many^ I say unto 
you, shall %eek to enter in, and shall not be able." 
And why not able ? Has the command gone forth, 
"Be ye holy in all manner of conversation?" 
(1 Peter i. 15.) And has a command with such 
an infinite weight of consequences (Heb. xii. 14) 
pending on its non-fulfilment, been issued from 
the throne where eternal love, power, and wisdom 
preside, and yet the ability for its performance 
not been given ? No ! it is the Almighty God, 
boundless in love, goodness, and power, that says, 
" Walk before Me, and be thou perfect." 

But the words of our Saviour will bring us yet 
more directly to the point, and will stamp the 
assertion with the signet of truth, that the inten- 
tion to be holy, resolutely fixed in the mind, is 
a very necessary step toward insuring the object. 
" If any man will do His will, he shall know of 
the doctrine." (John vii. 17.) This, taken in con- 
nexion with, " For the word of the Lord is quick 
and powerful^ and sharper than any two-edged 
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of 
soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow^ 



10 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

and is a disceraer of the thoughts and intents 
of the heart," (Heb. iv. 12,) will yet more fuUy 
assure us of the necessity of subjecting ourselves 
to the deep searchings of the Spirit, with the 
intention decidedly fixed to know nothing among 
men " save Christ and Him crucified." 

We have frequent occasion to observe with 
the sinner, that the last point of extremity, 
previous to obtaining comfort, is the resolve, 
that though he seek till the hour of his death, 
and never obtain forgiveness, he will not go 
back to the world and seek his pleasures there, 
but will endeavour to serve the Lord, and seek, 
in the use of all the appointed means, the know- 
ledge of pardon. So with the believer ; he must 
have all his energies concentrated in the one 
endeavour and intention of living a life of entire 
devotion to God. 

If you would raise a superstructure that will 
endure the searching winds, storms, and rains, 
which will inevitably beat against it, it is abso- 
lutely necessary that you count the cost. Deem 
not that hand or that heart unfriendly that would 
assist you in this duty. How needful for the 
comfort of the soul, as also for the permanency 
of the work, that a thorough foundation be laid, 
so that the distressing temptations consequent 
upon the circumstance of this and the other 
sacrifice not having been before contemplated, 
may never successfully obtrude ! Many are con- 
tinually vacillating in their experience, and many 



HOLINESS. 11 

more are falling, through a failure in this par- 
ticular. Through this the good way is evil 
spoken of. 

O, if you would be holy, and have your name 
written in heaven with those " who have come 
out of great tribulation," and on earth with 
those " who adorn the doctrine of God our 
Saviour in all things , " if you would be a 
living epistle, read and known of all men, 
count the cost ! Say, with the Apostle, ** Yea, 
doubtless, and / count all things but loss for the 
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my 
Lord." No less devotion of spirit will carry you 
unpolluted through the world, than carried the 
martyrs through the flames to heaven. Though, 
from the present state of Christianity, its claims 
in many respects may not be of the same kind, 
yet the devotion of spirit required is precisely 
the same in nature and extent. And unless it 
leads you to an entire renunciation, a crucifixion 
to the world, you have reason to fear that it will 
not bring you to the same happy heaven which 
they are now in possession of. 

Be assured that unless you are decided on 
making the entire sacrifice of all your powers to 
God, and are willing to be sanctified on the 
terms specified in the Word, " Come out from 
among them, and be ye separate, and touch not 
the unclean thing," you have no proper founda- 
tion for your faith to rest upon, when you 
endeavour to believe that God will receive the 



12 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

offering at your hand. "And if ye offer the 
blind for sacrifice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer 
the lame and sick, is it not evil ? Offer it now 
unto thy governor ; will he be pleased with thee, 
or accept thy person ? saith the Lord of Hosts." 
(Mai. i. 8.) "And this have ye done again, 
covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with 
weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He 
regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth 
it with good-will at your hand." (Mai. ii. 13.) 
From these passages you may infer the reason 
why so many find it so exceedingly difficult to 
believe. The FaithM and True Witness hath 
said, as illustrative of the requirements of this 
way of hoHness, and also of its simplicity, " The 
unclean shall not pass over it; the wayfaring 
men, though fools, shall not err therein." May 
not, then, the defect in the experience of thou- 
sands, who have endeavoured by merely believing^ 
without having this essential preparation for their 
faith, be accounted for in this way, rather than 
that the truth of God should be questioned ? 

The experience of a glorious number of living 
witnesses who have attested the excellency of 
the knowledge of this grace, proves that just so 
soon as they were willing in reality to count all 
things loss, just so soon they found it perfectly 
easy to believe. And as it is by believing that 
we are brought into this blessed state of soul, 
this is why the writer has spent so much time 
in what may seem merely preliminary. To prove 



HOLINESS. 13 

the point, let me bring two or three out of the 
many living witnesses that have come under my 
observation. The first a divine, who has been, 
for two or three years past, publishing to thou- 
sands the blessedness of this way. He stated 
that he had been nine years interested in the 
subject of holiness, believing it to be the privi- 
lege of all believers to be holy. A considerable 
part of those nine years was spent in much 
anxiety and perplexity on the subject. " Why, 
brother," said I, " how can you account for the 
circumstance of your being so long seeking 
without obtaining the blessing, when you were 
such a sincere inquirer after truth P " " Why,'* 
said he, " I think I cannot reply to your question 
better than by using the words of our Saviour : 
* How can ye believe which receive honour one 
of another, and seek not the honour that cometh 
from God only?' For just as soon as I was 
willing to give up that honour that cometh from 
the world, willing to have my name literally cast 
out as evil, and to seek that honour that cometh 
from God (wfy, / found it perfectly easy to 
believe," 

Another had been more than a year earnestly 
seeking the blessing, and whenever the question 
was proposed to her mind, ''Should the Lord 
give you the blessing, would you be willing to 
profess it ? " as often as the question recurred, 
she replied, by her feelings, that she could not ; 
and yet thought that she was willing to give up 

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14 ENTIKE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

all for the attainment of the blessing. She at 
last felt the necessity of it so deeply, that she 
concluded no sacrifice would be too great. When 
the Spirit again applied the question, "Would 
you be willing to profess the blessing, should 
you receive it P " her heart replied, " Yes, Lord, 
confess it, or anything ; only let me have it ! '* 
The way of faith was at once plain, and her 
mouth was filled with praises. 

Two other cases, coming, as in the instances 
just mentioned, directly imder my own observa- 
tion, may be instrumental in solving the difi&cul- 
ties in the way of believing with some. Eemote 
from each other resided two individuals, entirely 
unacquainted with each other's experience ; both 
became deeply interested in the subject of holi- 
ness, the Spirit urging them powerfully to the 
present attainment of the blessing. Yet the way 
of faith seemed hard to understand, when it was 
suggested that something must be in the way of 
believing, as God had declared it easy. Both 
explained the difficulty by an allusion to such 
an attachment as is forbidden by the Word. 
(2 Cor. vi. 14.) They were told that they would 
find it utterly impossible to believe under such 
circumstances; that the object must be given 
up, and they would then find God true to His 
word. The surrender was made, and they were 
made the happy possessors of the perfect love of 
God. These are only transcripts of the experi- 
ence of scores of living witnesses. 



HOLINESS. 15 

This is a work in which we must most em- 
phatically be workers together with God; for 
though He saith, " I am the Lord that doth 
sanctify you," (Exod. xxxi. 13,) He also says, 
" Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy." 
(Lev. XX. 7.) Though the blessing is received 
through faith, and not by the works of the 
law, yet it is impossible to exercise that faith 
which brings the blessing, until we are willing to 
bring the sacrifice of the body, soul, and spirit, 
and leave it there. Then shall we find that 
" God is the Lord, which hath shewed us lis^ht : 
bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the 
horns of the altar." (Psalm cxviii. 27.) 

Then it is that this highway, cast up for 
the ransomed of the Lord to walk in, becomes 
plain, so plain that the wayfaring man, though a 
fool, shall not err. In obedience to the require- 
ment, " I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies 
of God, that ye present your bodies a living 
sacrifice," (Bom. xii. 1,) the offering is pre- 
sented. And will not that -God who hath re- 
quired it at your hand accept it, when, in sin- 
cerity of heart, it is brought and laid upon the 
altar ? Dare not to charge your faithful, promise- 
keeping God with such an inconsistency, as for 
a moment to doubt that He will be true. He 
cannot deny Himself. 

Under the Levitical dispensation, which con- 
sisted mainly of outward rites and observances, 
the comers unto the altar were required to bring 

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16 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

such sacrifices as were prescribed by the law, 
and originally specified by God, such as the 
firstlings of their flocks, first-fruits, 8w5. And 
when, according to the best of their ability, and 
their knowledge of the nature of the require- 
ment, they brought them, to be presented through 
their officiating priest to God, have we reason 
to believe they ever doubted that God, who re- 
quired, woidd accept, and not only would but did 
accepti at the time they were presented ? What 
unwarrantable incredulity, and how dishonour- 
ing to God, would it have been, had they 
said to those around, or even indulged in heart 
the thought, "According to the ability which 
God hath given have I brought this oblation, 
yet I know not whether it will be accepted ! " 
Would not this have been thinking and speaking 
of God as a hard Master ? 

O how unlike the conduct induced by the 
faith of Abraham ! God was about to make 
a covenant with him. A sacrifice is required. 
Abraham brings it. Yet the fire does not at 
once descend from heaven and consume it. But 
does he with impatience remove the sacrifice 
from off the hallowed altar? No; he judges 
Him faithful who hath called him to it. With 
eager, prayerful intensity, he keeps his gaze 
heavenward, expecting, doubtless, moTnentarily 
that the token will be given that will establish 
him for ever in the knowledge that the covenant 
is 'ratified in heaven. The fowls watch to pol- 



HOLINESS. 17 

lute. This he knows would mar the sacrifice, 
and render it unworthy the acceptance of his 
God. He watches their approach, and drives 
them away. The day passes, and the shades 
of evening begin to lower, yet still he waits. 
Imagine, for a moment, that at this juncture 
Abraham had become disheartened, and had 
begun to conclude he had mistaken the nature 
of the requirement in some way; or that the 
morrow, or some future period, might do as 
well: would that covenant which secured such 
important consequences to his posterity have been 
ratified ? 

What you want is to enter into — 

" The land of rest from inbred sin, 
The land of perfect holiness." 

It is your Father's good pleasure to give it you. 
He will not permit one more pang or struggle 
in the attainment of it than will be for your 
good; for " He doth not afflict willingly." You 
will not be called to make one sacrifice but 
what wiU be for your permanent welfare, and 
such as you will praise God to all eternity that 
you were permitted to make. You may be 
called to some peculiar sacrifice of which you 
may not know the why and wherefore now, 
like as Abraham with his beloved Isaac. But 
the Lord may see some idol in your heart 
that you have scarcely been apprised of, till 
thus searched and proved; or He may have 

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18 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

a special work in His vineyard, that He intends 
to fit you for; and your only safety is in 
leaving it aU to Him, and with perfect sub- 
mission to say, — 

" Mould as Thou wilt Thy passive clay." 

Make no provision for future emergencies ; give 
up all, whether known or unknown. Resolve 
that, as duty shall be made plain, you will follow 
on, in obedience to the command, though death 
may await you. 

If you are thus resolved to " count all things 
but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of 
Christ Jesus" your Lord, there is no reason 
why you may not enter into the enjoyment of 
this state this hour. Jesus, your intercessor, 
stands at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 
pleading your cause. He — 

" Points to His side, and lifts His hands, 
And shows that you are graven there.** 

Do you feel a fearful shrinking, which you. 
would fain overcome ? Look away from earthy 
from self and fix your eye upon your compas- 
sionate Jesus. Obey constantly the admonition, 
" Looking unto Jesus." " And we have hiown 

and believed the love that God hath to us 

Herein is our love made perfect." Observe, it 
is not enough to know, but we must also believe 
this love. Satan will with all his forces oppose 
you. Make up your mind to expect this. A 
door, great and effectual, is opened before you ; 



HOLINESS. 19 

but there are many adversaries. " The kingdom 
of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take 
it h^ force,** Think of the many evidences your 
Saviour has given of His infinite willingness and 
ability to impart this full salvation to your soul. 
When He bowed His head upon the cross, and 
said, " It is finished," then a full and complete 
salvation, a redemption from all iniquity ^ was 
made possible for every soul of man. And 
what shall hinder your now receiving it, if by 
faith you now lay hold on the term^ of the cove- 
nant, as, in the hallowed presence, and through 
the Almighty strength, and in the name of the 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you let this be 
the solemn hour when you enter into the bonds of 
an everlasting covenant to he wholly tJie Lord's 
for time and for eternity ? 

Perhaps you never felt a more piercing sense 
of your helplessness ; but you are now to lay 
hold on almighty strength. " He giveth power 
to the faint, and to them that have no might He 
increaseth strength." 

Some desponding, longing one, who may read 
this communication, may, up to this time, have 
been ' an unfaithful, cold-hearted professor, so 
that coming out to profess this state of grace 
may cause many, whose companionship has be- 
fore been courted, to say, " Is Saul also among 
the prophets ? " But you are now giving your- 
self wholly away to Christ, and in His great 
love He is now saying unto you, "Ye are not 



20 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

of the world, but I have chosen you out of the 
world," " and ordained you, that ye should go 
and bring forth fruit; and that your fruit 
should remain ; that whatsoever ye shall ask of 
the Father in My name, He may give it you." 
O, is not this enough ? Mr. Wesley says, *' By 
this token you may know whether you seek the 
blessing by faith or by works. If by works, 
you want something to be done first before you 
are made holy. You think, ' I must first be, or 
do, thus or thus, before I am sanctified.' If you 
seek it by faith, seek it as you are; and if as 
you are^ then expect it now 1 " 

It is of great importance that you look at this 
great salvation as a present salvation, received 
momentarily from above. The blood of Jesus 
cleanseth; not that it can or will cleanse at 
some future period, but it cleanseth now, while 
you lay your all upon that " altar that sancti- 
fieth the gift." You keep your offering there, 
even all your redeemed powers, — body, soul, and 
spirit, — mind, memory, and will, — time, talents, 
and influence. And as in devotion all these 
redeemed powers return ceaselessly to God, 
through Christ, it is your duty to believe. Do 
not imagine that you have something indefi- 
nite, you know not what, to believe. No ; it 
is the truth just stated you are called implicitly 
to believe ; and if you do not believe, you dis- 
honour God, and grieve the Spirit of love. The 
inconsistency of your unbelief is here : in obe- 



HOLINESS. 21 

dience to the requirement of God, you, through 
the assistance of His grace, have been enabled 
to come out and be separate, resolved to touch 
not, taste not, handle not the unclean thing. If 
you had enabled yourself to do this, then there 
might be a shadow of consistency in your un- 
belief ; but now that you have done it through 
the power of God, assured that, apart from His 
grace, there dwelleth no good thing in you, 
how unreasonable the thought that He will not 
fulfil His part of the engagement ! " / will re- 
ceive yoUy* is His own declaration. ** I will 
sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be 
clean ; from all your filthiness and from all your 
idols will I cleanse you." " Now is the accepted 
time, and now is the day of salvation." Then 
venture upon the truth of His word ; you cannot 
believe God in vain. " Tht faith shall bring the 
power ;" but do not expect io feel the power before 
you have exercised the faith. This would be 
expecting the fruit before the tree is planted; 
the power to live and dwell in God comes 
through believing. 

Holiness is a state of soul in which all the 
powers of the body and mind are consciously 
given up to God ; and the witness of holiness is 
that testimony which the Holy Spirit bears with 
our spirit that the offering is accepted through 
Christ. The work is accomplished the moment 
we lay our all upon the altar. Under the old 
covenant dispensation it was ordained by God 



22 ENTIKE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

that whatsoever touched the altar should be holy : 
" Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for 
the altar, and sanctify it ; and it shall be an altar 
most holy : whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be 
holy." (Exod. xxix. 37.) And in allusion to this 
our Saviour says, " The altar that sanctifieth the 
gift." (Matt, xxiii. 19.) As explanatory of this 
subject. Dr. Clarke says, " This may be under- 
stood as implying that tohaUoever was laid on 
the altar became the Lord's property, and must be 
wholly devoted to sacred purposes^ Under the 
new covenant dispensation, the Apostle to the 
Hebrews says, " We have an altar, whereof they 
have no right to eat which serve the tabemacle,^^ 
(Heb. xiii. 10.) Dr. Clarke again says, "The 
Christian altar is the Christian sacrifice, which is 
Christ Jesus, with all tJie benefits of His passion 
and death '^ " Hallelujah ! Glory be to Grod in 
the highest ! " 

Will you come, dear disciple of Jesus, and ven- 
ture even now to lay your all upon this blessed 
altar ? He will not spurn you away. No ; 
" His side an open fountain is;" " His nature 
and His name is love." Surely you will now 
begin to say, — 

*• O Love, thon bottomless abyss ! 

My sins are swaUow'd up in Thee ; 
Cover*d is my unrighteousness, 

Nor spot of guilt remains on me : 
WhUe Jesu's blood through earth and skies, 
* Mercy, free, boundless mercy,' cries." 



HOLINESS. 23 

Rest here. Remember, "The just shall live 
hy faith, ^^ not ecstasies. Holiness is the mark ; 
that state of soul in which all the powers of soul 
and body are consciously given up to God, And 
here you have it. " Cast not away, therefore, 
your confidence, which hath great recompeuse of 
reward ; " " for we are made partakers of Christ, 
if we hold the beginning of our confidence 
steadfast unto the end." Neither former un- 
faithfulness nor present unworthiness need hin- 
der your coming yw«^ aw you are. The blood of 
Jesus cleanseth from all sin. 

" 11 all the sins which men have done 
In thought J in noill^ in word, or deed. 
Since worlds were made or time hegnn. 
Were laid on one poor sinner's head. 
The stream of Jesus' precious blood 
Could wash away the dreadful load." 

Then rest confidently. Resolve that you 
will not make your feelings (as these may vary 
by the manner in which God sees most for your 
good to try your faith) a standard for your faith. 
True faith will produce /j^Z^wy, but it may at first 
be little other than solid satisfaction, arising from 
an implicit reliauce on God. As with Abraham, 
so the most glorious examples, attesting by their 
lives the excellency of the way of faith, are those 
whose faith has been most severely tried. A holy, 
unyielding violence is necessary in order to re- 
tain the ground. Let that described by the poet 
be yours : — 



24 ENTIKE DEVOTION TO GOD. 



" Fix'd on this groimd will I remain. 

Though my heart fail, and flesh decay ; 

This anchor shall my soul sustain. 
When earth's foundations mdt away ; 

Mercy's full power I then shall prove. 

Loved with an everlasting love." 

Rest now and for ever here, and you are 
NOW, and shall eternally be, the saved of the 
Lord. 



IV. 



THE ADVANTAGES, TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS, 
OF LIVING IN THE ENJOYMENT OF THE 
WITNESS OF HOLINESS. 

Had I the powers of those immortal spirits 
that blaze around the throne, catching their in- 
spiration direct from heaven's altar, I should 
still feel my incompetency to portray fiilly the 
advantages, to ourselves and others, of limng in 
the enjoyment of the witness of holiness. 

The benefits extend i^x^far into the impene- 
trable future. The Eternal Mind alone can fully 
know them. It is an eternal weight op 
GLORY, which awaits that blissful one who has 
lived a holy life. 

But let us, with the ability that God hath 
given, endeavour to grasp what we may; and 



HOLINESS. 25 

0, 1 am sure it will be enough to cause us to 
" thank God and take courage." 

In the first place, " having boldness to 
enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by 
a new and living way which He hath consecrated 
for us," our works, while we abide here, shall all 
" be wrought in God," We shall enjoy the wil- 
ness, that in the devotion of all tlie powers of 
our bodies and minds, they ascend a living sa- 
crifice, holy and acceptable: they become holy 
by being presented to God through Christ, and 
are therefore acceptable. In this conclusion 
we are warranted by the Word : " For we are 
unto God a sweet savour of Christ." And 
then there is another advantage expressed in 
the encouraging and persuasive words : " There- 
fore be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abound- 
ing in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as 
ye know thai your labour is not in vain in the 
Lordr 

How much labour is comparatively fruitless, 
on account of the absence of the definite witness 
of purity of intention ! With the knowledge 
that our labour is in the Lord, we labour in 
faith. Who has not had a powerful conviction 
of the necessity of holiness in this particular? 
However well-intentioned the effort, yet "the 
accuser of the brethren," whose work it is to 
perplex and hinder, if he cannot destroy, often 
has greatly the advantage of the not wholly sanc- 
tified soul here, O, how often the suggestion that 



26 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

some sinister motive has influenced in the per- 
formance of duty, has hindered faith from laying 
hold on the assurance that the labour performed 
was " labour in the Lord I " And, for want of 
this faithy we have been unable to obtain the 
encouraging assurance that our labours shall be 
blessed. 

The witness of holiness involves the witness 
of purity of intention. And who can conceive 
the infinite advantage oi living in the enjoyment 
of the witness of holiness, in view of this par- 
ticular ? Think how inspiring to the faith ; how 
calculated to urge onward to greater and still 
greater efforts ! Surely it must have been the 
constiiaining influence of this faith that caused the 
Psalmist to say, " The zeal of Thine house hath 
eaten me up." Paul must have felt its impelling 
power when . he said, " Being reviled, we bless ; 
being persecuted, we suffer it ; being defamed, 
we entreat j we are made as the filth of the 
world, and are the offscouringof all things." "Nei- 
ther count I my life dear unto myself, so that 
I might finish my course with joy, and the minis- 
try which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to 
testify the Gospel of the grace of God." Yes : 
this was the hallowing, constraining influence 
that inspired those ancient worthies, so honour- 
ably mentioned in Hebrews xi., of whom the 
world was not worthy ; " who, through faith, 
subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, ob- 
tained promises, stopped the mouths of lious. 



HOLINESS. 27 

quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge 
of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, 
waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies 
of the aliens." And the reason why mor^such 
glorious examples in faith and practice are not 
coming lip before us continually, in every pro- 
fessor, is not because the grace of God is less 
potent to bring about these results, or that His 
requirements have become, in the least iota, less 
obligatory. 

But the question. Why is it that these exam- 
ples are not more frequent ? will bring us to the 
statement of another very important advantage 
arising from our living in the enjoyment of 
holiness. 

Grod says, " Ye are My witnesses." At an in- 
finite price, a salvation from all sin, " a redemp- 
tion from all iniquity," has been made possible 
for us; and if we are ^ not living in the enjoy- 
ment of it, how can we say with the Apostle, 
" We speak that we do know, and testify that we 
have seen" when we would urge the attainment 
of full salvation on others ? How necessary, in 
the administration of civil jurisprudence, that a 
witness have these pre-requisites ! Without a 
personal knowledge of the facts in the case, tes- 
timony is not received as valid. 

How little advantage has the witness for 
Jesus, that would testify of the excellence of 
this great salvation, without the same sanctifica- 
tion of the spirit that the Apostles had ! O, it 

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2S BXTIRB DBTOTIOy TO GOD. 

was a permmal knowledge of tbat wliereof they 
spake, that gave them that holy boldness, alike 
before the Jewish Sanhedrim, the noble Festus, 
and^he ignoble multitade. It is no wonder 
that those who were in fear for their craft, that 
their idol-worship might be bronght to nought, 
should solicitously complain "that these men 
that turn the world upside down haye come 
hither also." For it is such instruments as 
these, feeling that they haye no might of their 
own, and having placed themselves on the 
Lord's altar, to be used entirely at His disposal, 
that God condescends to empower with the 
might of His Spirit ; and, conscious of its holy 
energy, we hear them triumphantly exclaim, " I 
can do all things through Christ which strength- 
eneth me;" "Through God we shall do va- 
liantly : for He it is that shall tread down our 
enemies ; " while, in their example of burning 
zeal, we behold the truth of God verified, " One 
shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand 
to flight." 

And why is it that there are not many more 
such witnesses in the Christian world? Is it 
not because one is waiting for another, and 
making the standard of another's experience a 
criterion for his own, instead of making the 
requirements of the Word the onli/ standard? 
The soul, newly born into the kingdom, sees 
presented before him the more excellent way. 
The Spirit urges him onward to the prize of his 



HOLINESS. 29 

high calling ; but soon he observes that this is 
a higher state of grace than the general standard 
of experience in the church will warrant him in 
the expectation of attaining. 

He sees those who have been years in the 
way, professing a comfortable state of mind, 
and yet not professing to enjoy the witness of 
holiness ; and he gradually settles down into the 
belief, that it is a state of grace quite beyond 
what should be his present expectation. And 
according to his faith it is done unto him. His 
spiritual energies become paralysed; the mark 
for the prize of his high calling becomes less 
perceptible, and, the urgings of the Spirit en- 
forcing the necessity of holiness being thus less 
regarded through the influence of the example 
of older Christians, the mind gradually becomes 
habituated to the belief, that it is not absolutely 
necessary for the safety of the soul to be living in 
the enjoyment of holiness. And thus by a gradual 
process, and almost unconsciously, the command- 
ments, "Be ye holy," and "Thou shalt love 
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, 
and strength," are made of comparatively little 
effect ; and most emphatically also by the same 
process that the commandment became of none 
effect in the days of our Saviour, that is, by tra- 
dition ; the opinion being transmitted from one to 
another, though unauthorized by the Scriptures. 

Where are the humble disciples of the Lord 
Jesus who cannot see how, beyond all computa- 

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30 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

tion, the cause they so much love would be 
advantaged in this respect, were the mass of 
professors to fix their eye perseveringly on the 
prize of their high calling on their first setting 
out in the Christian course ? And who can tell, 
should a band of skilful nursing fathers and 
mothers in Israel undertake carefully to direct 
the course of those newly bom into the king- 
dom, how soon the mind might become enlight- 
ened on this subject, and the object, being 
distinctly ascertained, be grasped at once ? 

One example, illustrating the blessedness of 
this early training, came directly under my own 
observation. The individual was powerfully 
converted to God on the Sabbath. On Tuesday 
she went to a meeting of Christian friends, where 
there were several witnesses of holiness, and her 
whole soul became absorbed in the subject. 
" O ! " said she, with much intensity of manner, 
at the close of the meeting, " I want to be wholly 
the Lord's ! " She was told that the blessing 
was for her, and that these longing desires for 
it were sure intimations that the Lord intended 
to impart the blessing, if she would only perse- 
veringly seek it. She returned home, spent 
most of the time until about nine o'clock the 
next morning in pleading with God, when the 
witness, "indubitably clear," was given; and 
she ran, like the woman in the Gospel, to spread 
the news abroad. And then the eftect ! Would 
that it could be sounded abroad, to the praise of 



HOLINESS. 31 

God, through the world of professing Christians ! 
It was not the irresistible tide of /oy, other than 
the joy of Christ which was to bring many sons 
to glory, that impelled her forward. No : — 

" 'T was love that moved her chariot wheels." 

It was the constraining influence of the love of 
Christ, filling her soul, that caused her often to 
know the meaning of the significant words, " thai 
fellowship with His sufferings." The burden of 
souls was so laid upon her, that she was con- 
tinually devising expedients for their rescue; 
and at times, like her Master, her hours of 
repose were broken in upon in wrestling with 
God for them, until one and another were bom 
into the kingdom through her instrumentality ; 
and then her joy was of that solid, holy order, 
that the inactive professor can scarcely appre- 
hend. 

And who can compute the advantages of 
having the multitudes that are brought in during 
our continuous revivals, urged on by example 
and precept also towards the attainment of holi- 
ness ? Those who themselves live in the enjoy- 
ment of the direct witness cannot forbear urging 
it upon others. It is as afire shut wp in their 
bones, which nrnst have vent ; and must spread, 
by its own Divine energy, till others will catch 
the sacred influence. 

As holiness is a state of soul in which all the 
powers of the body and mind are constantly and 



32 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

consciously given up to God, think of the variety 
of advantages in every possible way, that must 
necessarily result from our living in this state, 
not only to ourselves, but to the world at large. 
He that understandingly enjoys this bless- 
ing holds nothing as his own. Assured that 
he holds nothing but what he has received, he 
glories not in his possession as though he had 
not received it, — as if he had a right to appro- 
priate any portion of his Lord's goods to his 
own purposes. He hears the voice of God con- 
tinually saying to him, " Ye are not your own ; 
ye are bought with a price ; therefore glorify 
God in your body and spirit which are His." 
His body being given up as a temple for the 
Holy Spirit to dwell in, he sustains and adorns 
it in the manner that will best fit it for this pur- 
pose. " Holiness to the Lord " is written upon 
all his adornments; all his members are given 
up to obey the dictates of the Holy Spirit. His 
spirit is continually ascending in converse with 
God ; and, with all the ardour of absorbing love, 
is continually saying, "Speak, Lord, for Thy 
servant heareth;" "What wouldst Thou have 
me to do ? " And then, — 

" Love makes his willing feet 
In swift obedience move." 

He feels that he has not one moment of time at 
his own disposal, and he dares not spend it in 
any pursuit but what will, bear the inscription, 



HOLINESS. 33 

"Holiness to the Lord," His talents are all 
devoted to holy purposes, and in the manner 
that will best help, forward the interests of the 
Eedeemer's kingdom; for he has no personal 
interest to serve apart from this. If the Lord 
would arrest a sinner whose ways are about to 
take hold on death, or comfort a weeping peni- 
tent, or call back one of His wandering children, 
or would have a testimony of His power to save 
unto the uttermost, or any other message of 
grace faithfully delivered, He ever finds the soul 
wholly sanctified ready to speak at His bid- 
ding. " Can two walk together except they be 
agreed? " but the will of the sanctified and the 
will of the Sanctifier being ever in unison, the 
Sanctifier is ever saying to him, " It is not ye 
that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which 
speaketh in you." 



V. 



A CONTINUATION OP ADVANTAGES, BY A EE- 
FEBENCE TO THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO 
HAVE LIVED HOLY LIVES. 

As a great portion of the Holy Bible is his- 
torical, and by this provision of Divine wisdom 
in the economy of grace matters of experience 
are brought to assume a tangihility in the mind. 



34 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

that could not otherwise be attained, no objection 
can therefore with plausibility be urged against 
the propriety of directing attention to the ex- 
ample of those who, with no unusual advan- 
tages of intellect, or other capabilities, have 
witnessed a good confession. Many who have 
lived among us, of like passions with ourselves, 
exposed, from outward circumstances, to the 
same temptations, have finished their course 
with joy, and have gone to receive the reward of 
the righteous, and are now beyond being influ- 
enced by the praise or censure of men. 

Let us trace out the example of one familiarly 
known to our reader; one who perhaps, from 
outward circumstances of persecution, privation, 
debility of body, domestic cares, &c., was placed 
in circumstances of peculiar trial, yet was at last 
gathered home as a ripe shock, in the midst of 
life and usefulness. Shall we, that the most 
feeble, and those placed in the most disadvan- 
tageous circumstances, may not be discouraged, 
select such a one from the galaxy of burning 
and shining lights by which she is surrounded P 
Look, then, at Hester Ann Eogers ; how truly, 
with respect to privation, toil, and bodily suffer- 
ings, was she as one with thousands who think, 
from the unfavourable circumstances in which they 
are placed, they can do but little. In order to 
gain a more thorough knowledge of the principle 
that propelled her onward in her shining path 
upward, let us take a glance at the manner of 



HOLINESS. 35 

her first setting out iu her Christian course, and 
trace her luminous example. 

When in the midst of gay fashionable society, 
though not led by religious associates, or 
ministrations of the Clergy, to see the ne- 
cessity of coming out and being separate from 
the world, yet the Spirit assured her, not- 
withstanding the gaiety of professing Chris- 
tians by whom she was surrounded, that it was 
her duty to obey these requirements. At 
once she obeyed the injunction, "Thou shalt 
not tempt the Lord thy God ; *' she ran home, 
and ripped up all those things that might, through 
the medium of the eye, tempt the heart to mingle 
again with those gay associations. The Lord 
received her as a member of the "household 
of faith.** Persecution raged abroad, and the 
chaise of " carrying matters too far ** ran from 
circle to circle. At home, where she might 
have been at ease, she submitted to take the 
place of a menial, for Christ's sake. Yet, though 
going on from strength to strength from the 
time that she received the Spirit of adoption, still 
she felt that there were roots of bitterness not 
yet destroyed; and, as may be observed most 
evidently, by referring to her diary, through the 
Spirit's urging, she most decidedly fixed her 
aspiring eye as resolutely on the prize of holiness 
as she had before done on adoption. After an 
earnest struggle, the direct witness of holiness 
was given, clear as the sun shining in his 



36 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

strength. This gave permanency to that energy 
of action which had characterized her former 
course, and a still deeper and more thorough 
vitality to all the spiritual energies of the soul. 
From this time her confidence was- — 



firm as an iron x)illar strong, 
Impregnable to earth and helL' 



Those who read the record of her daily walk, 
as she was accomplishing her pilgrimage on 
earth, tell us that her path was most eminently 
that of the just, *'that shineth more and more 
unto the perfect day." Hundreds, as Dr. Coke 
tells us, were presumed to have been brought 
into the Society through her instrumentality 
during her life, and numbers were also brought 
into the enjoyment of perfect love through her 
example, prayers, and writings. But though 
she passed through earth as one of the Lord's 
"peculiar people," and, through the power of 
the Spirit, was indeed eminently successful in 
turning many to righteousness, yet how greatly, 
beyond comparison, has the amount of good 
been augmented, since she ceased to exist among 
men! 

What a blessed illustration does her history 
furnish of the text, " They that be wise shall 
shine as the brightness of the firmament, and 
they that turn many to righteousness as the 
stars for ever and ever ! " Ever since she accom- 
plished her mission on earth, the eyes of hun- 



HOLINESS. 87 

dreds have been fixed upon her as a star of tbc 
first magnitude. Hundreds, doubtless, in each 
generation that has lived since her dismission 
from earth, have been animated by her example 
to obey the voice of the Spirit saying to them, 
" Go, and do likewise." 

Look also at the blessed Wesleys, whom 
God "thrust out to raise o. holy people ;^^ and 
the heavenly-minded Fletcher, who lived in the 
atmosphere of holy love, and whose breathings 
have passed down with a sweet, hallowing per- 
fume, through each succeeding generation, and 
are even now, at this remote period, mingling 
with our associations, inclining, by their persua- 
sive influence, to a holy life. And then there' 
is Mrs. Fletcher, the early devoted Miss Bosan- 
quet, the mother in Israel. And then the lowly 
disciple that sank down to the unutterable 
depths of humble, holy love, Lady Maxwell; 
the "elect lady," where, in the order of God, 
titled honours, wealth, loveliness of person, 
dignity of carriage, were combined and brought 
to bear on one point, "holiness to the 
Lord." And still, as by a heavenly attrac- 
tion, the eye passes on to yet another, and 
another, in this glorious constellation. Be- 
hold the zealous Nelson! The devoted Bram- 
well, who, like his Master, spent whole nights 
in prayer, carrying about with him the flame 
of holiness wherever he went! The flaming 
herald, mighty in prayer, " instant in season and 

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38 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO OOD. 

out of season," John Smith I And yet another, 
the simple-hearted, unassuming, meteor-like Ann 
Cutler ! And still another, whose redeemed, puri- 
fied spirit but a short time since returned to the 
God that gave it, the holy, persevering Car- 
vosso, strong in faith, mighty in effort, serving 
his generation by every possible endeavour, ac- 
cording to the will of Grod ! Time would faSL 
us to tell of the many luminaries, for ever 
enshrined in memory, — Asbury, Greorge, M'Ken- 
dree, Fisk, J. B. Taylor, Abbott, &c., — ^who 
were all mtnesaea for God of this blessed state 
of grace, and died in the faith. 

It is indeed easy to imagine the process that 
the gracious Spirit iakes to stamp the eternal 
truth with power on the heart, " that the right- 
eous shall be had in everlasting remembrance," 
with such examples before us as we are now 
beholding. And O ! it is not a heartless re- 
membrance, but a spirit-stirring power, impart- 
ing energy to the soul, a lively remembrance, 
inciting to corresponding action. 

Thousands have already been arrested in their 
course of cold-hearted profession, by the burning 
zeal of those whose names have been enumerated, 
as forming, with others, a constellation which 
the eye delights to rest upon, the heart to con- 
template, and the spirit to imitate. And after 
the heart has indeed been made better, through 
these attractive influences, how can it be other- 
wise than that they should for ever be enshrined 



HOLINESS. 89 

•'asstars in memoiy?" Yes \ for ever taid ever f 
We gaze and adore the power that made them 
shine! 

God secures all the glory to Himself, in the 
man that truly enjoys the witness of holiness. 
O, how deeply is that lesson engraven, " fFitk' 
out Me ye can do nothing / " and when he beholds 
the power of grace, either in himself or in others, 
he gives God all the gloey. 

And now, what an important advantage has 
been gained to succeeding generations, by those 
whose names we have mentioned prqfjemng to 
enjoy the witness of holiness \ Not unfrequently 
we hear it said, *' I do not know but that I 
enjoy the blessing of holiness, but I have nev^ 
professed it." And in allusion to others we 
hear it said, "I should certainly suppose this 
and that individual to be living in the enjoyment 
of holiness, but I nev^ heard th^n profess it.'* 
Could the same have been said of the indi- 
viduals whose names we have enumerated, where 
would have been the numbers who have believed 
through their coiyoined and individual testi- 
mony P 



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40 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

■ > 

VI. 
CHARLOTTE: 

OR, 

THE MASTER CALLBTH FOB THEE. 

" The Master is come, and caDetli for thee." 

The above is the graphic inscription on a 
coftin-lid, enclosing the remains of one who was 
pure in heart. We speak confidently. None 
who knew the beloved Charlotte, will, on reading 
our sketch of her character, accuse us of having 
undertaken the work of the mere panegyrist. 
Grace needs no complimentary flourishes. It 
was by the grace of Grod, through our Lord 
Jesus Christ, tbat our beloved Charlotte was 
what she was. And such, through grace, may 
every one be, who will yield to God through 
Christ, and submit to the refining process, the 
mouldings of the Holy Spirit 

Sister Charlotte Grant experienced religion 
about nine years since. At the time of her con- 
version she was kneeling as an humble seeker at 
the altar of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Allen Street. Her conversion was clear, and its 
fruits were early manifested in her love to Christ, 
and earnest desire for the salvation of souls. As 
she received Christ Jesus the Lord, so was she 



CHARLOTTE. 41 

enabled to walk in Him.' H^ oonrse being 
steadily onward and upward, she gained rapid 
accessions in light and knowledge. Fr&m the 
first point in her religious career, she appeared 
to cultivate great tenderness of conscience. ** If 
we would have a tender conscience, we must 
treat conscience tenderly." From this persuasion 
she acted. 

The writer never remembers to have seen 
Charlotte indulge in frivolity of conversation or 
manner. Her spirit was prayerful and tender 
from the time of her conversion. She seemed 
desirous to know her duty only that she might 
do it. She possessed an excellent understanding 
and a sweet docility of spirit ; and perhaps if one 
grace shone more conspicuous than another, it 
was her humility. 

When perplexities arose in her mind, she went 
to those who were older in experience than her- 
self, and unburdened her spirit. An occasion of 
this sort occurred early in her religious career, 
which the writer loves to remember. She had 
been reproved (perhaps not with as much ten- 
derness as should have been used toward a 
lamb of the fold) for an article of adornment 
which she wore. Her heart was not set on 
vanity, but, being young in religious experience, 
she had not yet duly considered the scriptural 
admonition, '' Be not conformed to this world, 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your 
mind." She was told that if she would exert a com- 

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48 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

manding persuasiveness in inducing her youngs 
friends to come out from the world and be 
separate, she must, by her outward appearance, 
as well as by her words, show that she had 
herself come out, and manifest her separation 
by renouncing whatever might stand in the way 
of her usefulness. 

From this time she laid aside every weight, 
and daring to be singular for Christ's sake, 
God singled her out as an eminent example of 
Christian excellence, and has made the savour 
of her name as ointment poured forth. Let no 
Bible Christian say that there is nothing in dress. 
The Bible forbids conformity to the world as 
truly as it does any other sin. For want of 
compliance with the self-sacrificing principles of 
the Bible in this matter, many have made ship- 
wreck of faith and a good conscience. Could 
the voice of the lovely and beloved Charlotte 
speak from the unseen world, how would it 
reverberate to the inmost heart of every worldly- 
minded professor ! — " Know ye not that the 
friendship of the world is enmity with God? 
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the 
world is the enemy of God." 

As the Israelites, by undeviatiug progression 
and obedience, would have speedily been brought 
up to the borders of the promised land, so wiQ 
God's people, if obediently walking in Christ as 
they have received Him, be speedily brought into 
possession of — 



CHABLOTTB. 43 

" The land of rest from inbred sin, 
The land of perfect holiness/' 

And thus it was with Charlotte. The church 
intrusted her to the care of a Class-Leader, 
whose ultimate and most earnest aim was to 
present every member of her charge perfect in 
Christ Jesus. In nine months after Charlotte 
had been brought out of spiritual Egypt, she 
was brought into a state of pure blessedness, — 

" A rest where all her soul's desire 
Was fix'd on things above." 

From this time she truly and eminently 
adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour in all 
things. She lived a life of faith on the Son of 
God. Grod gave her strong faith, and strongly 
did He test it. Few have had more thorough 
tests, and few have endured more valiantly. 
She was indeed strong in faith, giving glory to 
God. We speak thus confidently, because we 
know that our faithful God never tries grace 
that He has not given. Never will He sutfer His 
confiding children to be tempted above that 
which they are able to bear. The measure of 
trial bespeaks the measure of grace. Those who 
knew Charlotte most intimately, best knew how 
truly the trial of her faith developed to the 
praise of God the grace He had given her. She 
was long and variously tried by reverses in estate 
and in health, and by the withholding of objects 
of long-cherished desire ; yet in all she in patience 
possessed her soul, judging Him faithful who had 



44 ENTIBB DEVOTION TO GOD. 

promised. In all she was trustful and happy, 
breathing forth love, peace, and purity, and 
shedding hallowing influences in the various 
circles in which she moved. 

Though she beheld many around her, who, pro- 
fessing to have put on Christ, seemed endeavour- 
ing almost unconsciously to ascertain the extent 
to which they might be like the world, and yet 
bear the name of Christ, Charlotte felt it to be 
her privilege, as well as her duty, to cherish an 
aim wholly unlike this. Hers was not the un- 
worthy endeavour to ascertain the nearest point 
of dangerous proximity to which she might get to 
the world, and yet not wholly displace Christ 
from the throne of her affections. No 1 she did 
not, with many young professors, insult her 
Saviour thus. She, through grace, looking 
away from earthly preferment, resolved at every 
hazard, that the prince of this world should 
not have dominion over her, or even retain 
a foothold in her heart. " No compromise 1 " 
said her divinely inspired soul. " What concord 
hath Christ with BeHal ? " 

Thus scripturally instructed, she did not 
attempt to engage in the inglorious endeavour 
to reconcile Christ and the world. She was 
therefore saved from the sad strife which induces 
so many professors to chant in sorrow, — 

" *T is worse tlian death my Qod. to love. 
And not my God alone." 

Hers was not the repulsiveness of the religioiis 



CHAELOTTE. 45 

recluse. Her heart was expansive, and, filled 
with the love of Christ, she exerted a sweetly 
constraining influence on those who came within 
her circle. And this circle was not circum- 
scribed; for such was the attractiveness of her 
piety, that she gathered around her many friends. 
And where is one of whom it may be more truly 

said ?— 

" None knew her but to love." 

And yet more eminently was she in the house 
as a candle upon a candlestick, which giveth 
light to all. If, as a member of the church 
militant, and as one in the social circle, the force 
of her enlightened and fervent piety was felt, 
how much more was it felt in the domestic 
circle ! What a chord do we touch, when we 
speak of the influence of kotne piety in the case 
of the beloved Charlotte! If it were only at 
home that we looked, we would, in the con- 
fidence of strong faith, say, Charlotte will not 
have a starless crown. One has already been 
gathered from the home circle, who, from the 
time of Charlotte's conversion, was with her an 
object of much prayerful solicitude. He stood 
at the head of the loved family gi'oup, and had 
been more than a brother. Who can portray in 
words the fervour and the absorption of her 
desires for the salvation of this dear brother-in- 
law ? He took knowledge of this ; her ceaseless 
and winning exhibitions of the heauty of holiness 
in all the minutue of Christian life captivated 



46 ENTIRE 5JIV0TI0N TO GOD. 

his heart; and, in his own familiar way, he 
would exclaim, " Look at our Lotty : there *s a 
Christian for you ! " 

So intent was she on his salvation, that she 
became willing that this dear brother, with his 
family, might be saved in any way, so that her 
prayers for their salvation might be answered. 
The Lord has indeed taken His own way to 
answer the prayers of the beloved Charlotte. 
Bereavements of various sorts have been dis- 
pensed. The light of their dwelling has been 
put out, their treasures have been taken to 
heaven, in order that their hearts might be there 
also. The prayers of the affectionate and self- 
sacriiicing Charlotte are, we trust, being an- 
swered; she seemed herself to have been a 
victim to the bringing about of her desires. 
But, whether in prosperity or adversity, her faith 
was unyielding, and she steadily aflSrmed, " He 
doeth all things well." Yes, "as a candle upon 
a candlestick, she gave light to all in the house ; 
and every member of the beloved household who 
now so deeply mourn their loss, will to all eternity 
remember her precious counsels, her pious life. 

She will never be forgotten by the little circle 
who met with her in the class-room. She was 
a growing Christian, and her experience was 
ever new and varied. Her Class-Leader, who 
took her when but a lamb of the fold, enjoyed 
unmingled satisfaction in beholding her growth 
in grace. 



CHABLOTTE. 47 

She was eminently a Bible Christian. On 
one occasion she said to a friend, *' Dear sister 
S., when I read the memoirs of very eminent and 
useful Christians, I sometimes feel discouraged, 
and I think I cannot come up to that; but 
when I take the Word of Grod, and read the 
requirements, and then turn to the promises, I 
find that I can, O, I can, through grace, meet 
them aU I " 

The disease by which her earthly tabernacle 
was taken down, was long in progress. Patience 
had its perfect work ; and, as far as we may know 
from outward manifestations, she exhibited, to 
the praise of grace, that she was perfect and 
entire, wanting nothing. The prayer of the poet 
seemed to be indeed answered in her experience. 
She possessed — 

" A heart where Christ alone might dwell ; 
All praise, all meekness, and all love." 

Though for months almost sleepless nights and 
wearisome days were appointed, her incessant 
cough and pain affording but a short respite at 
a time, and her extreme debility and difficult 
respiration rendering her physically a constant 
sufferer, yet she was cheerftil, and endeavoured 
to diffuse happiness on all around. Her suf- 
ferings were so obvious, and her being was so 
made up of tenderness and love toward others, 
that to be with her and not to feel deeply was 
impossible. It was on this account, doubtless, 
that she so frequently requested to be left alone ;_ 



48 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

desiring that Christ alone, her infinite Sympa- 
thizer, and her divine Helper, should be the wit- 
ness of her sufferings. So keenly had her own 
heart suffered in sympathy with others, that she 
did not desire that others should, on her behalf, 
drink more deeply of the bitter cup than was 
needful. On seeing another weep, she said, 
" Do not weep, but rejoice." She would often 
reiterate, " Satisfied ! satisfied ! thankful ! happy! 
happy ! " She possessed a living realization that 
Christ was ever present with her and mighty to 
save, and would often exultingly exclaim, " He 
saves me ! He saves me to the uttermost ! " 
Her rest was in the will of God : — 

" All her desires seem'd lost in one : 
' Father, Thy only wiU be done.' " 

We will not say that she did not at times, when 
in severe physical suffering, feel that it would be 
" better to depart and be with Christ ;" but she 
ever, on these occasions, gave prominence to the 
will of God. " I do not murmur," she would 
add ; " the will of the Lord be done, not mine." 
Her heart seemed as an ever-gushing fountain, 
sending forth streams of gratitude to God and 
man. Every little attention or favour dictated 
by the love of her assiduous friends, would be 
made a fresh occasion for expressions of grati- 
tude. However small in earthly estimation these 
tokens might be, none were deemed too small 
for a special recognition. When she could not 
speak, she would lift her eyes upward, which 



CHARLOTTE. 49 

heavenly eloquence expressed more than words 
could utter to the Divine Giver, while every 
gesture seemed to say, — 

" O how can words with equal warmth 
The gratitude declare. 
That glows within my ravish*d heart ? — 
But Thou canst read it there." 

Tet while she ascribed all the glory to God, she 
was not wanting in expressions of gratitude 
to the beloved ones whom God commissioned 
to minister to her, but she received them and 
thanked them as messengers sent to dispense 
gifts to her from her Heavenly Father, and she 
would look upward and say, " He knoweth all 
my wants." 

She was very desirous, as she was receding 
from eartli, to say much more to the individual 
members of her sister's family in regard to the 
salvation of their souls ; but finding her inability, 
she said to her endeared sister Jane, " Sister, 
you must do it for me." She then exhorted 
her beloved sister to faithfulness in maintaining 
prayer in her family, and also admonished her 
to think far more about their heavenly inheritance 
than their worldly interests. Will each of the 
dear ones who were objects of so much prayerful 
interest to the beloved Charlotte meet her in 
heaven P 

A short time before she departed, the Class- 
Leader visited her, to whose care she had been 
committed when a youthful disciple, and during 



50 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

a large portion of her career as a Christian. 
She had often attempted to express the grateful 
emotions of her affectionate heart to this beloved 
friend, but tears had as often prevented her 
giving utterance to those emotions of grateful 
love. But now she seemed too much like a spirit 
from the other world to be hindered by these 
outgnshings of nature. She drew her Class- 
Leader down to her, and, holding the face of her 
friend between her fevered hands, she spoke such 
words of burning love as may never be forgotten: 
" My dearest, dearest earthly friend, how I have 
loved you ! The Lord only knows how I have 
loved you ; how you have led me on, and borne 
with my infirmities I how patiently have you 
endured ! and how I have loved you, I have 
often wished to tell, but have not been able." 
The beloved Charlotte was tearless now ; for she 
was too near heaven, and her tears had ceased to 
flow. But her loved friend, the Class-Leader, 
wept and wept as though she would weep her 
life away ; yet still the now almost sainted Char- 
lotte continued to gaze, immoved by emotion, in 
the face of her Class-Leader, which she still held 
between her emaciated hands. 

At length her Class-Leader, amid her flowing 
tears, exclaimed, " Charlotte, dear, several of the 
friends dearest to my heart have gone to heaven, 
but they seem nearer and dearer than ever. *The 
angel of the Lord encampeth round about them 
that fear Him!' 'Are they not all ministering 



CHABLOTTE. 51 

spirits, sent forth to minister for them who 
shall be heirs of salvation ? ' Death makes no 
change, except to disembody the spirit. It 
does not change the affections. I do not feel 
that you will love me less after you have passed 
through the veil of outward things than you 
love me now." 

" Love you less ! love you less ! No ! long as 
eternal ages roll, T shall love you more and more. 
I shall be a star, a star in your crown, in yowr 
crown 1" Who can portray the affecting inter- 
est, the grief, the bliss of that eventful moment, 
to the heart of that Class-Leader ? 

Ever since has this Class-Leader felt that if she 
had lived but for the one purpose of being used 
in the hand of God in leading this one member 
of her flock in the way of holiness, she would 
have had ample compensation for being detained 
on earth threescore years and ten^ In allu- 
sion to the absorbing zeal her Class-Leader 
had manifested in the promotion of holi- 
ness, she said, "Talk more than ever on this 
subject; you cannot talk too much. Labour 
while you may. Never did I see and feel the 
importance of it as now I Work while you can ; 
* for the night cometh, when no man can work.* 
The night is come with me, I cannot work : the 
grave, the grave cannot praise Him; but the 
Hving, they shall praise Him. O talk, talk about 
holiness while you can! 'Without holiness no 
man shall see the Lord 1 ' O, the importance oi 

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52 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

testimony on this subject ! Had I my life to live 
over again, I would more than ever talk about 
that blood that cleanseth from all sin." 

On the day of her release she intimated to 
her kind physician, that she had something to 
communicate. He bent his ear closely, when 
she sweetly said, " Kiss me." He obeyed her 
dying request, when she whispered, " Satisfied ! 
satisfied ! " 

"The chariot of Israel and the horsemen 
thereof ! " The parting hour came ! It was 
preceded by more relief from physical suffering 
than she had for days or weeks enjoyed. A 
heavenly calmness rested upon those features 
where Christ had long since stamped His image, 
and she only now waited the summons, " Child, 
come home !" As she drew nearer the heavenly 
city, her face gathered brightness, and she most 
evidently Recognised the heavenly visitants who 
had come to convey her to her long-sought rest : 

" Angels now were hov'ring round her," 

and faith already seemed lost in open vision. 

There were those who had passed on before 
who had promised to meet her, and now she 
doubtless beheld them. As object after object, 
undiscovered by those whose eyes were still 
holden, met her vision, she started with a look 
of joyous recognition, till the waiting ones could 
almost hear " the whispering angels say, * Sister 
spirit, come away 1 ' " 



TO CONVEBTS. , 63 

A short pause, and the silver cord was loosened, 
and the lovely and much-loved Charlotte — 

" Ckpp'd the glad wing, and soar'd away. 
To mingle with the blaze of day V* 



vn. 

TO CONVERTS. 

IT IS THE PEIVILEGE OF YOUNQ CONVEBTS 

TO BE HOLY. 

M HAD entered the class-room as an 

humble seeker after salvation. During the last 
prayer her Leader felt that virtue had gone out 
of Jesus to the healing of some precious soul, 
and on rising said, " If any one has been spe- 
cially blessed, let it be declared to the praise of 
Gk)d." A short pause ensued, when M — — 
came forward, and, in tremulous accents, said, 
" The Lord has blessed me." Her faith had laid 
hold on Christ ; and so overwhelming had been 
the communications of His love, that she was 
not able to respond at the moment the call was 
made. 

The witness of her adoption into the family of 
Christ was " indubitably clear," and for houra 
she was filled with unutterable joy. During 
the period of her awakening, she had been 
accustomed to hear of holiness as the high 

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54 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

calling of the Christian; and before her con- 
version it was at times suggested, " Aim at 
entire consecration." She even then thought 
that the Bible presented it as her privi- 
lege to be tcholly sanctified ; and scarcely had 
the Saviour said to her, " Daughter, be of good 
cheer," before the duty of the most entire de- 
votedness to God was again presented, and but 
a few hours had passed away before she became 
an earnest inquirer after full salvation. 

Her parents having in former years been 

members of the Baptist communion, M had 

not received the ordinance of baptism in infancy, 
and the third day after her convei'sion was the 
day appointed for that ordinance. Meanwhile 
she counted the cost of living a life of entire 
sanctification to the service of God. The terms 
of the covenant, " Come out from among them, 
and be ye separate, saith the Lord ; and touch 
not the unclean thing," were recognised, and 
understandingly complied with. While being 
sprinkled with water, God set His seal on the 
ordinance, and baptized her with the Holy Ghost 
and with fire. In both body and soul she 
realized its refining influences, and a conscious 
and entire absorption into the service of her Re- 
deemer succeeded. For about a year she not 
only held fast whereunto she had attained, but 
made rapid advancement in the way of holiness, 
and thus, by the living epistle of a holy life, gave 
most satisfactory assurance of the all-sufficiency 



TO CONVERTS. 55 

of grace to empower even the babe in Christ to 
bring forth the fruits of holiness. 

Afterward, by looking to some older in years 
and in profession than herself, who were resting 
short of holiness, she began to indulge in reason- 
ing. The adversary suggested, " Here are those 
who have been so much longer in the way, who 
do not profess this state of grace : how assu- 
ming then for one so young in years and in reli- 
gious experience to make such a profession !" 

She was thus induced to withhold the light 
which God had enkindled in her heart, and, to 
the degree she ceased to let it shine, it gradually 
became diminished, until it was at last extin- 
guished. 

Several months of deep regret succeeded, in 
which she was left to deplore the advantage 
she had permitted the enemy to gain. But on 
returning to the same point of entire devoted- 
ness, she again found the Saviour ready to meet 
her more than half-way, and found that both His 
faithfulness and justice were pledged, not only to 
forgive, but to cleanse from all imrighteousness ; 
and for many days she has been a witness for 
Jesus of His power to save to the uttermost. 

Several other instances of entire sanctification, 
occurring a few hours or days after conversion, 
might Jbe related. In some of these the fruits of 
holiness have been exhibited to an extraordinary 
degree. Mr. Wesley speaks of several in his day, 
'some of whom were young in years, as also in 



56 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

grace, who attained to a state of holiness shortly 
after conversion. Of S. H., who resided at 
Macclesfield, he says, '* I have seldom known so 
devoted a soul. She was sanctified within nine 
days after she was convinced of sin. She was then 
twelve years old, and I believe was never after- 
wards heard to speak an improper word, or 
known to do an improper thing. Her look stmck 
au awe into all that saw her. She is now in 
Abraham's bosom." (Wesley's Works.) " Four 
of those children who seemed to be saved from 
sin, were of one family ; and all of them walked 
holy and unblamable. And many instances of 
the same kind I have found in every part of the 
country." "Many children, chiefly girls, were 
indisputably justified. Some of them were like- 
wise sanctified,and were patterns of all holi- 
ness." Mr. Wesley also relates a portion of 
the experience of G. P., as he received it from 
her lips. It concludes thus : — 

"In a short time all my trouble was gone, 
and I did believe all my sins were blotted out ; 
but in the evening I was thoroughly convinced of 
the want of a deeper change. I felt the remains 
of sin in my heart, which I longed to have taken 
away. I longed to be saved from all sin, to be 
cleansed from all unrighteousness 5 and at the 
time Mr. Eankin was preaching, this desire in- 
creased exceedingly. Afterwards he met the 
Society. During his last prayer I was quite 
overwhelmed with the power of God. I felt an 



TO CONVERTS. 57 

Inexpressible change in the very depths of my 
heart ; and from that hour I have felt no anger, 
no pride, no wrong temper of any kind ; nothing 
contrary to the pure love of God, which I feel 
continually. I desire nothing but Christ; and 
I have Christ always reigning In my heart. I 
want nothing: He is my sufficient portion in 
time and in eteniity," Mr. Wesley adds, " Such 
an instance I never knew before; of such an 
instance I never read : a person convinced of 
sin, converted to God, and renewed in love 
within twelve hours ! Yet it is by no means 
incredible, seeing one day is with God as a 
thousand years." (Wesley's Works, 12mo., vol. 
iv., p. 224.) 

Mr. Wesley continues, in another portion of 
his Works, " I spoke to these, forty in number, 
one by one. Some of them said they received 
that blessing ten days, some seven, some four, 
some three days after they had found peace with 
God, and two of them the next day." " What 
marvel," Mr. Wesley again exclaims, " since one 
day is with God as a thousand years?" He 
also speaks of one who was " reclaimed from a 
backslidden state, and cleansed from sin on the 
following day." 

In passages far too numerous to mention, Mr. 
Wesley continues to enforce by precept, and illus- 
trate by example, the duty and privilege of 
young converts to be holy. "It plainly follows," 
he says, "that the quantity of time is nothing with 



68 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

Him. Centuries, years, months, days, hours, and 
moments, are exactly the same. Consequently 
He can as well sanctify in a day after we are jus- 
tified, as a hundred years. There is no difference 
at all, unless we suppose Him to be such as our- 
selves. Accordingly we see, in fact, that some of 
the most unquestionable witnesses of sanctifying 
grace were sanctified within a few days after they 
were converted." 

How encouraging to the young converts are 
these examples, as given by the eminently pious 
and judicious founder of Methodism, corrobora- 
tive as they are of scriptural testimony, and the 
observation and experience of Bible Christians 
of later days I And where is the young convert 
who reads these lines, who would not at once 
sacrifice all for the attainment of this grace? 
And if it be the privilege of the young convert 
to be holy, where is the teacher or the leader in 
Israel, to whose watch-care the flock of Christ 
has been intrusted, who would stop short of this 
grace ? " A way shall be there, and it shall be 
called The way of holiness, and the redeemed of 
the Lord shall walk there." 



THE WHITE &OBE. 59 



YIII. 

THE WHITE ROBE. 

" For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth 
it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep 
sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the hed; 
then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruc- 
tion." — Joh. xxxiii. 14-:16. 

E UNITED in church communion, having 

her mind as yet but little drawn toward holiness 
as a definite object of faith and persevering effort. 
She had been connected with a denomination 
where little was said about entire devotedness 
as a distinct object of pursuit ; but she was now 
placed under a Class-Leader who believed it to be 
the duty of every member of the household of 
faith to mind this one thing. 

E 's Leader felt that the church had com- 
mitted to her guardianship the care of souls, and 
had solenmly resolved that she would not cease 
to warn and entreat every member of her pre- 
cious charge, in order that when called to render 
an account of her stewardship, she might be able 
to present every one perfect in Christ Jesus. And 
now, on account of the position in which she had 
been placed, her heart was fixed to be ceaseless 
and unwearied in her endeavours to bring every 
beloved one committed to her charge to the de- 
finite point of unreserved consecration. 

E generally spoke of a comfortable expe- 



60 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

rience ; and when her Leader replied to her weekly 
class-room testimony, the adversary would sug- 
gest, " Why not let good alone, and not try to make 
it better than good ? By this continuous urging 
to higher attainments, you will dishearten and 
discourage and appear to undervalue present 
experience." 

A few months elapsed, and He who doth not 
willingly grieve nor afflict the children of men, 

laid His chastening hand of love on dear E , 

and for a few days she was threatened almost 

hourly with dissolution. E had not been 

insincere, but she had not with her whole heart 
sought to be fully conformed to the will of 
God. And now that severe illness was paraly- 
sing her energies, how could she seek that grace 
with more diligence than when the capabilities 
of body and soul were in healthful vigour ? so, 
as might have been expected, her mind continued 
in an unaltered position. 

Had E passed away from earth during 

the early part of her illness, her friends might 
have said she died happy, and in full view of 
a blissful immortality ; and she would have 
gone into eternity self-deceived. But, — 

" God moves in a mysterious way 
His wonders to perform." 

In this hour of peril, and in an unlooked-for 

manner, the admonitions of E *s Class-Leader 

were brought to bear upon her mind. In vision, 



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THE WHITE BOBE. 61 

she beheld herself, in the light of eternity, passed 
over the boundaries of time. Most unexpectedly 
she found herself surrounded by gloom and lone- 
liness. "I had thought that angels were in 
waiting to bear the spirits of the just to heaven, 
said she ; " and now who will guide my feet ? 
Presently her friend, the Class-Leader, who had 
been so desirous to guide her feet into the way 
of holiness, appeared, robed in white, and, ex- 
tending her hand toward E , said, " Come, 

E , I have come to introduce you into the 

presence of the King." 

E looked upon the white robe of her 

friend, and then upon her own spotted and soiled 
garments, and said, " I cannot go : I am not fit 
to be introduced to the presence of the King." 
Her friend continued to urge ; but E re- 
sisted her entreaties, saying, " No ! let me go 
to the place assigned me." Her friend then 
endeavoured to direct her attention to a light 
in the sky, assuring her that if she would only 
look up, her robe would be made white; but 

E despairingly replied, " I thought that was 

to have been done in the other world." To this 
her friend did not reply, but only perseveringly 
urged her to look up, and at last succeeded in 
getting her to join in singing, — 



(( 



My dying Saviour and my God, 
Fountain for guilt and sin, 

Sprinkle me ever with Thy blood. 
And cleanse, and keep me clean. 
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62 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

While singing the last two lines of the stanza, 

E gained courage, looked up, and, with 

joyful surprise, beheld her robe made white. 

She then went on most rejoicingly to be in- 
troduced to the presence of the King. The road 
in which she progressed was a narrow, shining 
way, with a hedge thrown up on either side. 
Pamiliar faces were looking over this hedge, and, 
ever and anon, missiles were thrown, and various 
stratagems were used with the intention to per- 
plex her, and soil her now spotless garments. 

" Only keep your eye upward," said E 's 

friend, " and do not suffer yourself to be per- 
plexed, and your garment will remain unsoiled ; 
but if you look downward, your robe will again 
be polluted." Once, for a moment, E suf- 
fered herself to be perplexed, and in looking 
down beheld her beautiful robe again soiled, 
through the maliciousness of her adversaries; 
but, on being again urged to sing, — 

" Sprinkle me ever with Thy blood. 
And cleanse, and keep me clean," — 

her robe was again cleansed from pollution. 

Her Class-Leader then put a golden book in 

E 's hand, and said, "I must now leave 

you." The only words she could remember on 

opening it were, written in gold letters, " If 

ANY MAN WILL BE Mt DISCIPLE, LET HIM 
DENY HIMSELF, TAKE UP HIS CBOSS, AND 
FOLLOW Me." 
E 's friend, on hearing this recital from 



THE WHITB BOBE. 63 

her lips, was amazed at tlie condescension of 
her Heavenly Father. She saw that God had 
in visions of the night opened the under- 
standing of E , and had given to her re- 
peated admonitions a vitality in E 's 

mind, not perceived before ; and that she had 

only now to say, " Dear E , I need not 

tell you that this dream is intended for your 
present admonition. After death all will be 
past change. God will then say, 'Let him 
that is filthy be filthy still.'" And before 

E 's health permitted her again to mingle 

with her beloved associates at the class-room, 
she had passed through the most memo- 
rable change that ever transpired in her history. 
It was brought about in so much simplicity and 
sweetness, that, in retracing it, one would think 
it no wonder an ancient seer should say, when 
referring to the walk of the redeemed one in the 
way of holiness, that " wayfaring men, though 
fools, shall not err therein." 

Having observed that in former experience 
she had cherished attachments to the world and 
the creature, such as were not calculated to in- 
crease her love to the Saviour, but rather to 
divide her affections, so as to — 

"Leave but half for God," 

she now determined that He should no longer be 
insulted and grieved by merely shannff her heart, 
but that He should have the whole. She became 

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64 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

true to the resolve, — gave the Saviour her undi- 
vided heart. He at once, without any hesitation, 
took it. It may be encouraging to some who 

would love to come at once, and, like E , 

make an entire surrender, to know that the 
blessed Eedeemer did not chide her with 
a long list of grievances. He did not say, 
"You have so long prevented Me from tak- 
ing full possession, that you must now in 
turn wait and know My displeasure." No ! 
He at once by His own almighty power turned 
out all the " buyers and sellers : " in a word, 
everything unlovely in His sight was im- 
mediately dispossessed by His own powerful 
hand. He then took that heart, and laid it 
upon His own bosom of love so closely, that 
every pulsation of her heart seemed to beat in 
unison with His. And all this was accomplished 
without her doing anything worthy of mention, 
with the exception of just continuing in the act 
of giving her otherwise worthless heart to Him, 
with a reliance on His faithfulness to keep and 
preserve it from the touch of pollution. 

It were needless to say, that she did not now 
find it so hard to believe as formerly, because 
imbelief was among those unlovely traits of cha- 
racter which, by the brightness of the Saviour's 
coming, had been destroyed. And then she was 
now so near to the lips of the Altogether Lovely, 
that she could hear Him continually saying, " I 
am the resurrection and the life; he that be- 



THE WHITE EOBE. 65 

lieveth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he 
live." And assurances that she had been raised 
to entire newness of life were so obvious to 
herself and Mends also, that neither could 

require fuller demonstration, that E was 

indeed a changed being. Love of the world, 
self, and other sinful creature loves were 
displaced, and the love of the Saviour became 
absorbing. Other objects were loved subordi- 
nately as gifts from Him, and valued for Hw 
sake. 

From this eventful period, E ran on ra- 
pidly in the heavenly way. She seemed ever to 
aim more at holiness than happiness ; yet found 
that happiness was the necessary result, or rather 
the concomitant of holiness, and thus in reality 
gained just the point at which every immortal 
spirit is ever grasping. 

O with what deep feeling of soul did she now 
look upon those who — 

" Mistake the mark. 
And weary out life's hours 
In chasing shadows 1" 

She had mingled in gay circles. With buoyant 
step she had joined in the festive dance. Erom 
these gay associations she was for a time exposed 
to many temptations from without. Many who 
were walking in the broader way of worldly- 
minded profession found leisure to stop and look 
over the hedge; and often those things were 
thrown in her way which would have been ob- 

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66 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

stacles, had she not kept her eye steadily looking 
unto Jesus. It was thus, through a continuous 
appropriation of His all-cleansing blood, that her 
garments were kept unspotted from the world. 

Once, for a moment, she ceased to look up- 
ward in the midst of these perplexities from 
without, and was quickly dismayed to see a soil 
fasten on her beautiful robe; but she remem- 
bered the admonition, " Looking unto Jesus," 
and was again cleansed. 

At another time, when temptations from with- 
out abounded to an unusual degree, the Saviour 
again appeared for her deliverance, and spake in 
visions of the night for her comfort and instruc- 
tion. It may be well to state, that E , for 

several days previous to this, had been unusually 
exercised relative to the example of some who 
professed much attachment to the Saviour, and 
yet indulged in more conformity to worldly 

usages than E thought consistent with the 

Christian's high calling. 

The vision at this time seemed but a continu- 
ation of the former remarkable visitation. She 
was still walking onward in the same shining 
way ; had made some progress ; so that now she 
was quite in advance of a company of white- 
robed ones who had just entered the narrow 
way. A company preceded her in robes of white, 
who were also making steady advances. Above, 
voices, in tones sweeter than earthly music, were 
singing,— 



THE WHITE KOBE. 67 

** What are these array'd in white. 

Brighter than the noonday snn. 
Foremost of the sons of light, 

Nearest the eternal throne ? 
These are they that hore the cross, 

Nohly for their Master stood, 
SufPbrers in His righteous cause. 

Followers of the dying God : " 

while a voice yet sweeter from one near at hand 
responded, " These are they which Thou gavest 
Me out of the world." Observing that those 
that followed, as also those that preceded her, 

were in companies, E soliloquized thus: 

** How is it that I am alone, when both those 
that precede me, and those that follow, are in 
company ? " 

Presently One fairer than the sons of men 
smilingly said, " Will you say you are alone 
when I am with you ? " He directed her atten- 
tion over the hedge, where she saw a broader 
road, and many travellers. Among others were 
those professors who had spoken so much of at- 
tachment to the Saviour, and whose conformity 
to the world had rendered their example in 
relation to self-denial so perplexingly ques- 
tionable. 

These, she afterwards observed, though they 
seemed to be going in the same direction, and 
doubtless fancied they were progressing heaven- 
ward, were at a distance from the Saviour. 

" In which way will you walk, — in yon broader 



68 ENTIBS DBYOTION TO GOD. 

road, in friendship with the world, sharing its 
honours and pleasures, and at a distance from 
Me ; or in this narrow way, close by My side, 
sharing Mff dishonour and reproach?" said 

E 's pleasant companion, who had not yet 

folly discovered Himself. " I will walk in this 

narrow way," said E , with a decision in 

tone and feeling never to be forgotten. The 
arms of everlasting love were now more closely 
thrown around her, and she felt that her whole 
being was encircled in the embrace, as her 
blessed companion, whom she now discovered 
to be the fairest among ten thousand, and the 
altogether lovely, looked upon her, and said, 
" Then th6u art Mine 1 and I am thy Savioue 1 " 

So memorable was that look of ineffable love 
that then penetrated her heart, and absorbed all 
her powers, that it left an ever-abiding blessed- 
ness. The arm of love that then encompassed 
her whole being, and drew her more closely than 
ever to the heart of the Saviour, seemed to leave 
an enduring impress. 

She now made rapid advances, and found 
herself gaining upon the white-robed company 
who had preceded her, who, she observed, as 
they came to a point in their path, looking like 
a bridge in the distance, paused, and then passed 
over, and entered into a gate at the head of the 
way. On arriving at this point, she found a 
deep stream running below, over which dry 
leaves were strewn, presenting the semblance 



THE WHIT£ BOBE. 69 

of a bridge ; and E felt a shrinking that 

caused an involuntary pause, and, in the excite- 
ment of the moment, she exclaimed, "I shall 
surely sink ! " " What I fear, when My ann 
doth sustain thee, and I am thy Savioue?" 
And again He clasped her yet closer to His 
bosom, and, encircled by His strong arm, she 
was borne safely over. 

She then went up to the gate at the head 
of the way, and began to knock. And now 
the same blessed Saviour, wTiose companionship 
had been so sweet to her through all her jour- 
ney, looked over the battlements of the beautiful 
city, and said, " You need not knock here ; you 
knocked in the other world, and you now have 
a right to enter.'* 

E went in. We need not say that her 

raptured eyes now beheld the King in His 
beauty. And there, also, she beheld the com- 
pany who had preceded her, receiving crowns 
from the hand of the Saviour. After handing 
one, beautifully set with stars, to one whom 

E well knew and much loved. He came 

bearing one to her. It was a golden crown, 
and valuable indeed ; but it had no stars in it. 

E felt somewhat disappointed, and dared 

to breathe the thought into the ear of the 
Saviour, who had so graciously fulfilled all the 
desires of her heart, even as she had ever " told 
Him all," while blessed with His sweet commu- 
nings by the way. With a beseeching look, sl» 



70 BNTIBB DEVOTION TO GOD. 

said, " But it has no stars in it I " " Be then 

faithful unto deaili," said the compassionate 

Jesus, '' and thou shalt have a crown glittering 

with as many stars as the one thou hast just 

beheld." 

" 'Tis Jesus, the first and the last. 

Whose Spirit shall gmde ns safe home : 
We '11 praise Him for aU that is past. 
And trost Him for aU that 's to oome.'* 



IX. 

THY CRDWN. 

*'HoLD that fast which thou hast, that no 
man take thy croim," Yes I thy crown is now 
awaiting thee! It is thy crown; for at an 
infinite expenditure it was purchased for thee. 
If earthly crowns are valuable in proportion to 
the expenditure of wealth, toil, and blood which 
they have cost, who will attempt to estimate the 
value of thy crown? He who was rich, — the 
Proprietor of heaven and earth, — became poor, 
in order that He might purchase this crown for 
thee. Not because thou wast His friend ; for at 
the time the purchase was made thou wast His 
enemy. How wonderful ! How glorious I 

" Lamh of God t was ever pain, 
Was ever love like ThineP" 

And can this crown be lost ? or may another take 



THY CttOWN. 71 

it? K not, why the admonition directly from the 

throne of God, " Holdfast th<d no man take 

thy crown ?" Ah ! thy crown may be lost, — ^it 
may be sold, — another may take it / It will be 
lost if thou dost let go thy grasp on the pro- 
mises, or dost cease to comply with the con- 
ditions on which the promises are made. It 
may be sold. Judas sold his for thirty pieces 
of silver. I biew a young lady who, I believe, 
sold hers for the strange satisfaction of being 
affianced for life to one who was out of Christ, — 
consequently a child of Satan ; and for the pri- 
vilege of thus spending her days, she sold her 
crown!. I have known several who have sold 
it for the friendship of the world. I have known 
both men and women to lose it for the privilege 
of indulging in pride of opinion, love of reputa- 
tion, for foolish talking and jesting, indulgence 
in some forbidden pleasures, or some carnal 
appetite, with many other things too numerous 
to mention.. These did not intend, at the time 
the barter was made, that it should be final. But 
the moment they began to commute with Satan, 
he began to darken the understanding, and the 
crown seemed to depreciate in value, until it 
eventually appeared well nigh valueless; and 
thus, though scarcely intending to make the 
barter, it was in effect made, and the crown cost- 
ing the Eedeemer's blood was sold for perhaps 
less than thirty pieces of silver ! 

And, alas ! how many I have seen who have 



72 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

let another take their crown! Varions iHus- 
trations, of which I have personal knowledge, 
come pressing upon my mind. I knew one who 
was often prayerful and earnest, and not inten- 
tionally insincere. If to give her goods to feed 
the poor, or her body to be burned, had been 
clearly presented as a Divine requirement, she 
might not have hesitated ; but the professing 
her faith in Christ with her mouth, the com- 
ing out in open profession, to stand marked 
before the world as an active Christian; this, 
with other things of like nature, was the 
stone of stumbling, the rock of offence; and 
for this cause she came near letting another 
take her crown. Yet she did not know that the 
fact of renouncing her wiU on these points stood 
in connexion with the reception of her crown. 
Nor is it probable that she ever would have 
known it, if she had not come to an entire 
surrender, involving her will on these and other 
points. Her fearless and unyielding resolve 
now was, "Though I die in the effort to do 
my duty, I will do it." Duty was then made 
plain. " If any man will do His will, he shall 
know of the doctrine.*' Abundant opportunities 
to labour and to testify for God were presented ; 
and these efforts were blessed to the spiritual 
good of many. This unwillingness to confess 
with the mouth had stood in connexion with an 
inherent shrinking from mingling in common 
with the mass; but when the will was given 



THY CROWN. 73 

up to Christ, He took it, and caused that will 
to flow out upon the world through the channel 
of His own blessed will. And the class* of 
persons who heard the Saviour gladly, was 
the very class to which she now most loved to 
minister. Pride, or the affectation of aristo- 
cratic feeling and demeanour, only excited her 
compassions now for the blindness of those who 
were under an influence so unlike to Christ. 

Opportunities to lay up treasure in heaven 
were sought after and seized upon more eagerly 
than the miser seeks after and seizes the gold 
that perisheth. Por this, former opinions of 
etiquette, or mere ceremonious attentions, were 
often sacrificed ; but by thus being " instant in 
season, out of season," stars were being added 
to her crown, and she felt that the dignity 
of her high calling far exceeded the loftiest 
aspirations of the high-bom worldling. Often 
did she sing, — 

" On all the grovelliug sons of earth 
With pity I look down, 
And claim, in virtue of my birth, 
A never-fading crovm" 

Once, on an occasion soon after the entire 
dedication of herself to God, she had left her 
beloved home for a short time to labour for 
Gx)d. She had seen some converted, and others 
wholly sanctified, through her instrumentality; 
but the enemy tempted her with thoughts of 
being away from home without her earthly pro- 

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74 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

lector, and other suggestions of like bearing. 
The Spirit at once said to her heart, "Pray 
that ye enter not into temptation." She had 
scarcely presented her case, before the Saviour 
said, " If you had not given that dear object up 
to Me, and given Me the highest place in your 
affections, you would not have been here to 
labour under these circumstances." She re- 
membered those who had been blessed through 
her agency, and thought, "Would these souls 
have been left unblessed, and would the various 
work in connexion with the salvation of souls, 
which within these few days I have been called to 
do, — would this work have been left undone?" 
— " No ! " said the Holy Spirit. " God would 
have raised up another to do your work. Had you 
not given Christ the throne of your affections, 
and resolved to love other objects subserviently 
to Him, and only as precious gifts from Him, the 
crown which you are now, through the aid of 
the Spirit, gemming with stars, would have been 
given to another. By the entire surrender you 
have made, you have just saved your crown ; for 
God would have called another to do your work ; 
and if another had done the work, another had 
taken the crown." 

I have recently been informed of one who has 
doubtless lost his crown. His attention was 
strongly urged to the holy ministry. For some 
years he felt deeply solicitous on this subject ; 
but the world presented other pursuits, and his 



THY CEOWN. 76 

spirit shrank from its high responsibilities, its 
self-sacrificing duties. But trials came. One 
sorrow in quick and continuous succession fol- 
lowed another, till, by afflictive providences, he 
was assured that he was not now required to 
minister in the sanctuary ; and that if he would, 
he could not ; for the hand of God had been laid 
heavily upon him, and he was disabled. God, who 
at the beginning of the dispensation of the Spirit 
said, " Your young men shall see visions, and your 
old men shall di*eam dreams," sealed instruction 
upon his mind in the following manner : — 

He thought he was taken up to heaven, where 
he saw many crowns laid up. His attention was 
directed to a large number laid up together; 
which, he was told, were crowns laid up for 
Ministers of the denomination to which he 
belonged. He noticed that the crowns differed 
greatly in brilliancy. Some were beautifully set 
with stars ; while others were almost or quite 
starless. As he looked them over with intense 
interest, he would hold up now this, now the 
other, inquiring whom it was for. Of the 
names mentioned, some had not yet passed over 
the boundaries of time, and others were inhabit- 
ants of eternity. 

At last he held up one more brilliant than any 
other, and with eagerness exclaimed, " And to 
whom does this belong?*' "That was yours," 
was the reply ; " but you refused to do the work 
that the Lord had for you to do, and it was 

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76 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

given to Mr. ." The Minister whose name 

was mentioned, was an eminent revivalist .still 
living. How he felt on waking, can more easily 
be conceived than described. What would he 
have given to put himself back in the circum- 
stances of years before, when he might have held 
fast, and not permitted another to take his crown ? 
Eeader, would you have the identical crown 
which God has laid up for you ? Then resolve 
this moment, in the strength of Jesus, that you 
will not rest your head upon your pillow, until 
you know that you are cleansed from all filthi- 
ness of the flesh and spirit. Then will you be a 
vessel fitted for the Master's use, and ready for 
every good work. An abundant entrance will 
be ministered unto you ; and your Saviour will 
at last give you your crown, set with many stars. 



X. 

THE DISAPPOINTMENT. 

" And ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the 
door, saying. Lord, Lord, open unto ns." — Saviouk. 

E HAD a friend who did not believe that 

the injunctions, " Come out from among them, 
and be ye separate," " Be not conformed to this 
world," and kindred passages, have any thing to 
do with the external appearance of the Christian. 



THE DISAPPOINTMENT. 77 

She was united in cliurch -fellowship with a de- 
nomination which does not recognise these things 
as important ; and she had been heard to speak 
contemptuously of those contracted views that 
would induce one, in coming out in a religious 
profession, to make such a change in external 
appearance and habits, as to excite observation. 

We should be far from favouring an intima- 
tion that E 's friend was hypocritical ; she 

was only what would be termed "a liberal- 
minded professor ;" and was not more insincere 
than are thousands who stand on what would 
be termed " an ordinary eminence in religious 
profession." 

The wasting consumption gradually preyed 

upon the vitals of this friend, and E , who 

lives in a distant city, went to see her. E , 

though not at the time so ftdly devoted herself 
as she might have been, was concerned to find 
her friend as much engaged with the vanities of 
the world, and as much interested about con- 
forming to its customs, as ever ; and she ven- 
tured to say, " I did not suppose you would 
think so much about these things now." 

Her friend felt somewhat indignant at the 
remark, and observed, " I do not know that I 
am more conformed to the world than yourself: 
the denomination to which you belong regards 
these things as wrong ; but our people do not 
think religion has any thing to do with these 
little matters." 

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78 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

The hand of withering disease continued re- 
lentlessly laid on E 's friend; and as she 

drew nearer eternity, her blissful hopes of im- 
mortality and eternal life seemed to gather yet 
greater brightness. Again and yet again her 
friends gathered around her dying couch, to hear 
her last glowing expressions, and to witness her 
peaceful departure. Such was her composure, 
that she desired her shroud might be in readi- 
ness ; so that she might, before the mirror, be- 
hold her body arrayed for its peaceful resting- 
place. 

Her friend E was forced to leave for the 

city a day or two before her dissolution, and 
called to take her final farewell. " We shall not 
meet again on earth," said the dying one ; " but 
doubtless we shall meet in heaven. On my 
own part, I have no more doubt than if I were 
already there ; and I cannot but hope that you 
will be faithful [unto death. We shall then 
meet." They^then bade each other a last 
adieu. 

The moment at last came when death was 
permitted to do his fearful work. The devoted 
friends had again gathered around the bed of 
the dying fair one, to witness her peaceful exit. 
Respiration grew shorter and shorter, and at 
last ceased ; and they deemed the spirit already 
in the embrace of blissful messengers, who were 
winging it to paradise. A fearful shriek I and 
in a moment they beheld her that they had 



MAN OE ANGEL. 79 

looked upon as the departed, sitting upright 
before them, with every feature distorted. 

Horror and disappointment had transformed 
that placid countenance ; so that it exhibited an 
expression indescribably fiendish. " I can't 
die !" vociferated the terrified, disappointed 
one. " I won't die ! " At that moment the 
door opened, and her Minister entered. " Out 
of the door, thou deceiver of men ! " she again 
vociferated ; fell back, and was no more I 



XI. 

MAN OR ANGEL. 

I WOULD EATHEB BE A MAN THAN AN ANGEL. 

I WOULD rather be a man than an angel, be- 
cause men may do what angels may not do. 
The angel could not tell Cornelius about salva- 
tion through Christ ; he could only tell Corne- 
lius to send for Peter. It seems to have been 
ordained in the economy of grace, that man 
should be saved by man ; hence God will com- 
mission men to do what the highest archangel 
in heaven may not do. Christ left the bosom 
of His Father, and came from heaven to earth 
to save men. If Gabriel could have been com- 
missioned to rescue and save the perishing sons 
of earth, he might have come down robed in 
angelic brightness, as when Daniel fainted 



80 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

at his presence. And if such an embodiment of 
goodness as was found in Daniel, sank over- 
whelmed at his presence ; what would have 
been the consternation of a sinner, polluted 
and wholly estranged from God ? But Christ 
took not upon Him the nature of angels, He 
became in fashion as a man. As man, He 
conversed with men. Had He even been 
robed in garments of light, as on the Mount 
of Transfiguration, men would have been 
overawed with the majesty of His presence, 
and incapacitated to hear the gracious words 
which proceeded out of His mouth, and to 
listen to His offer of salvation. Verily He 
took not upon Him the nature of angels ; but, 
taking upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh. 
He accomplished His mission of mercy, and 
ascended on high. But has His image for ever 
faded away from earth ? No 1 He has left His 
image, — His representatives ; for as. He was, 
even so are we in this world. He died to re- 
store the image of the heavenly ; not the image 
of angels, but the image of God, And now He 
says to His once rebellious people, " I will put 
My Spirit within you ; and I will walk in you, 
and dwell in you." And thus it is with the 
believer who is saved from indwelling sin. 
Though still in the world, and inhabiting a 
human form, he is not of the world. 

How wonderful the assertion, yet how true I 
*' Ye are not of the world, even as I am not of 



MAN OB ANGEL. 81 

the world 1" Then the Christian, who has been 
redeemed from earth by the blood of Christ, is 
no more of this world than Christ was of this 
world. His home is heaven; and he holds 
his conversation, his citizenship, there. While 
Christ, in glorified humanity, represents His 
redeemed ones before the thi-one of His Father, 
He leaves them here to represent Him. His 
redeemed family on earth is as truly the object 
of His love and saving care, as is His redeemed 
family in heaven ; and He can just as truly save 
a soul on earth, and keep it free from the touch 
of pollution, as He can thus keep a soul in hea- 
ven. Who would dare to say otherwise, and limit 
the power of Christ which saves to the utter- 
most ? If, then, we may as surely be saved and 
kept on earth, as though we were already in 
heaven, who would not rather inhabit a human 
form, and for a short space do the will of God 
on earth? How much more glorious to be a 
representative of Christ, than to be a represen- 
tative of angels ; and how much more efficient, 
in the work of saving souls, the services of a 
purified spirit inhabiting the human form, than 
the service of the highest archangel robed in 
celestial brightness 1 O yes ! for a few short 
years, if the Lord will, T would rather do the 
will of God on earth, than exchange places 
with Gabriel. Gabriel may not go, in his form 
of unearthly, overwhelming glory, and carry the 
offer of salvation to that penitent sinner ; but I 



89 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

may go. He may not hasten to arrest the steps 

of that reckless sinner, whose ways take hold on 

death, who, with a few steps more, will plunge 

into everlasting burnings : — 

" On slippery rocks I see him stand, 
"While fiery billows roll beneath." 

I may go, and with entreaties and tears urge 
him to pause ; but the brightest form in heaven 
may not do this. If cleansed from all filthiness 
of the flesh and spirit, and filled with the con- 
straining love of Christ, I shall be called and 
empowered to be a worker together with God in 
the great work of saving souls. God will work 
through me. If He wants to send a message of 
love and mercy to a praying Cornelius, a sink- 
ing Peter, or a doubting Thomas, He may send 
me. K He would have battles fought, He 
works not through angels or invisible agencies ; 
but He "teacheth my hands to war, and my 
fingers to fight." (Psalm cxliv. 1.) If He would 
have the armies of Israel prevail, and His 
foes brought willing captives to the foot of the 
Cross ; He will employ human agencies in 
bringing about the conquest. O the wonderful 
privilege of being a worker together with God 
in saving a world of sinners; the work which 
brought the Lord of glory from His throne to 
earth 1 Ah 1 who can estimate the value of a 
soul? Were a soul unsaved at the farthest 
verge of the universe, and were it impossible 
that that soul should be saved,' unless every 



JOY OF CHRIST. 83 

Christian within the bounds of creation should 
go to its rescue, it were an expedition well 
worthy the enterprise, in view of the estimate 
the Saviour has placed on the soul. And may 
the Christian indeed be ^ worker together with 
God in saving souls ? Surely this is a work 
which an angel might covet ! and who would 
not rather be a man than an angel ? 



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Angels our servants are. 

And keep in all our ways, 
And in their watchful hands they bear 

The sacred sons of grace ; 

Unto that heavenly bliss. 

They all our steps attend ; 
And God Himself our Father is. 

And Jesus is our Friend." 



XII. 

JOY OF CHRIST. 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE JOY OF CHRIST. 

" That they may have My joy fulfilled in them- 
selves,*^ The privileges of the Christian have 
aU been purchased by the blood of Christ, and 
are therefore high and holy, responsibilities. 
That is to say, the provision on God*s part 
of privileges for us creates the obligation on 
our part to attain to their enjoyment. And 
are you, reader, a joyful Christian ? Have you 



84 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

a Christ-like experience in this regard? I do 
not ask you whether you have joyous emo- 
tions under the exhilaration of an exciting tune, 
or some joyous recital by your neighbour ; but. 
Is \h<djoy of Christ fulfilled in yourself? Christ 
says, " That My joy mo:^ remain in you." What 
was Chrisfsjoy? In what did it consist? The 
joy of Christ could not have stood in inseparable 
connexion with harmonious songs or blissful 
recitals ; for these He might have enjoyed 
while resting in the bosom of His Father, but 
these were not sufficient to detain Him in the 
abodes of purity and blessedness. Spirits which 
might obey and adore were from eternity at His 
command; and had His joy been in these things 
only, He had never left those abodes of eternal 
and unmingled blessedness. What then was the 
joy of Christ ? and how may Christians have His 
joy fulfilled in themselves ? 

It was the joy of Christ to do the will of His 
Father. " Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God." 
It was the will of God that Christ should be 
made a sacrifice for the sins of the world. It 
was the joy of Christ to humble Himself, and 
be found in fashion as a man, and to become 
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 
But how was the joy of Christ in this ? Was 
He not " a man of sorrows and acqiiainted with 
grief?" Yes, but joy may consist with sorrow ; 
as He said, " I delight to do Thy will, O My 
God;" (Psalm xl. 8;) and the Captain of our 



JOY OP CHBIST. . 85 

salvation leads out His triumphal armies under 
the banner inscribed, " Sorrowful, yet always 
rejoicing." 

Then it was also for the joy that was set before 
Him that He "endured the cross, despising the 
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the 
throne of God." It was for this that He "endured 
the contradiction of sinners against Himself." It 
was that He might bring many sons unto glory, 
that " the Captain of our salvation was made per- 
fect through sufferings." Christians, then, may 
be joyful, and have joy in prospect also ; though, 
in the work of bringing souls from under the 
dominion of Satan to Christ, sorrows, deep and 
heart-searching, have to be endured. 

Though withstood by fiends and men, and by 
the seemingly pious or openly vicious, amid suf- 
ferings, mental and physical, the Christian may 
have the joy of Christ fulfilled in himself. Ay, 
he may have Christ Himself within, and then 
he win hear his indwelling Saviour say, " The 
works that I do shall ye do also ; and greater 
works than these shall ye do, because I go unto 
my Father." With Christ dwelling within, the 
same Spirit that inspires Christ inspires the soul. 
The joy that inspires Christ is the inspiration 
of that soul. A conscious identification of inter- 
est in the work that brought the Saviour from 
heaven to earth, how blissful ! O the privilege of 
partaking of the joy of Christ in the bliss of sav- 
ing souls ! For this joy the Saviour set Himself 

I 



8<5 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

Apart, sanctified Himself: "For their sakes I 
sanctify Myself." And for this purpose is the 
believer sanctified, set apart, that he may be a 
worker together with Grod in the great work 
of saving the world. Sanctification professed, 
which does not inspire its professor with feelings 
and sentiments in regard to a perishing world 
similar to those the Saviour entertained in setting 
Himself apart, is not the sanctification of the 
Bible. We are not unmindful of the fact, that 
Christ set Himself apart as a vicarious sacrifice, 
and that there can be nothing vicarious in the 
sufferings of the Christian ; but there is a sense in 
which the Christian is left to fill up ** that which 
is behind of the aflBiictions of Christ." And the 
Christian, possessing the spirit of his Master, 
for the joy set before him, in prospect of saving 
souls and bringing many sons to glory, wiU be 
brought to know the fellowship of Christ's suffer- 
ings. But when he looks with an eye of faith 
down the vista of time, and, piercing the veil of 
eternity, beholds among the ranks of the re- 
deemed those who, through his instrumentality, 
have been won from the ranks of Satan, who can 
tell the joy, the bliss of the inspiring vision P 
Then the joy of Christ may be, ay, must be, the 
joy of the Christian. Christians must be happy ; 
and they will be happy, if the aims which in- 
spire the heart of the Saviour inspire their 
hearts. 

Is a joylees disciple now reading these lines P 



JOY OP CHRIST. 87 

Pause and ask yourself, ** Wherefore joyless P" 
Have you yet put yourself in the way of attain- 
ing the joy of Christ ? Have you set yourself 
apart, and placed yourself upon God*s altar, to 
live not to please yourself, even as Christ lived not 
to please Himself, but to consecrate yourself to 
the work for which Christ consecrated Himself, 
that is, the salvation of precious souls P If you 
have not done this, you have not, yet come to the 
point where you can have the full joy of Christ. 
Set yourself apart now, to live as it were out of 
yourself, in the will of God. What had Christ 
to do with merely human satisfactions, apart from 
the will of His Father ? He took not upon Him- 
self the nature of angels, but the nature of men, 
and was very man as truly as very God. But 
He lived not to please Himself. 

Eesolve that you will live no longer to please 
yourself, but that all your joys shall be Christ's 
joys. And with this resolve set yourself apart 
to work for God. After you have laid yoiorself, 
with your will on everi^ point, upon the dtar, you 
may know that God receives you ; for the altar 
is God's altar, an altar most holy. The moment 
your offering is laid upon it, it is sanctified ; for 
the altar sanctijieth the gift. Whatsoever toucheth 
the altar shall be holy. You present your sacri- 
fice through Christ, and an offering presented to 
God THROUGH Christ is hohf and acceptable. 
While resting on this hallowed altar, even Christ, 
whose atonement taketh away the sins of the 

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88 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

world, let not your chief solicitude be about 
joyous emotion. What you need is holiness ^ the 
image of God. This you receive in resting 
your whole being on Christ. " For as many as 
touched Him were made whole of whatsoever 
disease they had ;" and thus now, it is only to 
touch Christ in faith, and according to thy faith 
it is done unto thee. And is the offering now 
presented ? Can you say ? — 

" 'T is done : the great transaction 's done ; 
I am my Lord's, and He is mine." 

Then begin from this moment to act upon the 
principle that you are no more your own. You 
belong to Christ. Let Christ's work be your 
work. If He came from heaven to earth to save 
sinners, deem no journeying, no labours, and no 
exile from kindred spirits or blissful climes, too 
self-sacrificing. Think of your Divine Eedeemer, 
your precious Saviour, " who, for the Joy that 
was set before Him, endured the cross, despising 
the shame, and is now set down at the right hand 
of the throne of God." Then shall you have the 
joy of Christ fulfilled in yourself. 

" Wouldst thon the mind of Christ possess P 
Wouldst thou in joy abound ? 
Know, holiness and happiness 
Are in one channel fonnd I 

" Be holy then, and Christ's own joy 
Shall unto thee be given, 
And God will all thy powers employ 
In bringing souls to heaven." 



SAVED NOW. 89 



XIII. 

SAVED NOW. 

SANCTIFICATION SIMPLIPIED TO A CHILD. 

Said a pious mother to a little daughter, who 
was on the eve of attending a special means of 
grace, " Daughter, you have been a professor of 
religion for some time, and you ought to expect 
to get much good in attending this meeting. 
Yes, you ought to expect to get much more re- 
ligion. I do not see why you ought not to 
expect to be wholly sanctified." 

The child listened attentively, and then rather 
earnestly exclaimed, " Why, Ma, I hardly know 
what you mean by that. If you mean to be so 
saved as never to sin again, that is what I never 
could dol^* The latter was said with so much 
warmth, that the pious mother saw that her 
daughter had, like many other professors, imbibed 
the idea, that sin is not so exceedingly sinful as 
set forth in the Scriptures of truth. And though 
the mother imagined her daughter might not 
fully understand the meaning of the term " mnc- 
tification^^ if merely spoken of as a doctrine, 
yet she was not prepared to see her shrink so in- 
stinctively from a state which she imagined might 
imply salvation from all sin. Said the mother 
in reply,— 

** Daughter, God hates sin now just as much 

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90 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

as He hated it in the days of Adam. God is 
unchangeable in His nature. With Him 'there is 
neither variableness nor shadow of turning,' * the 
same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.* Think of 
the effect of one sin in the days of Adam, — how 
it has been felt along down through time, even 
till the present hour 1 We are feeling it to-day, 
and its effect will be felt down to the end of 
time ! Only think, all this the effect of one sin / 
And now think of Moses, what a good man he 
was, how God loved him ; but he committed one 
sin, he spake unadvisedly with his lips. But O 
the displeasure of God ! How greatly did Moses 
desire to go into the promised land 1 how he 
entreated the Lord to* let him go over! Bui 
Moses had sinned, and the Lord would not be 
entreated. Now, my daughter, if you knew that 
with the very next sin which you commit you 
would be ushered into the eternal world with the 
guilt, the stain of that sin, upon your gar- 
ments, would you not be very carefiil how you 
sinned ? Tou know you could not be saved with 
the least stain upon your garments. You will 
remember the man that was found speechless I" 
That little daughter stood mute with astonish- 
ment. Probably she had never before had such 
perceptions of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, 
and the certainty with which it banishes the 
soul endlessly from God. And still she stood 
gazing upon the face of that earnest mother, 
while that mother still waited and repeated her 



MABRIED TO THEE. 91 

importunate inquiry, " What would my daugh- 
ter do if she knew that, while in the act of com- 
mitting the next sin, she would be ushered into 
eternity ? " At length that mother relieved her 
anxious daughter, by saying, " I can tell you, my 
dear daughter, what I think you would do. You 
would be every moment looking to Jesus. O how 
carefully you would be every moment watching 
against sin! and how truly you would this and 
every coming moment (just as you breathe) be 
casting yourself on Christ, and trvsting in Christ 
to save you from sin I and while you are trusting 
in Him thus carefully to save you from sin, He 
would save you, — would He not ? " 

The child's eyes brightened, for her spirit was 
relieved. She saw that there was a way in which 
she might be saved from sin every moTnent, And 
the simplicity of the process relieved and de- 
lighted her. Will the reader, however young 
or old, begin to try the simple process tww ? 



XIV. 

MARRIED TO THEE. 

COVENANT WITH GOD CONTEMPLATED. • 

" Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual 
covenant that shall not be forgotten." — Jer. 1. 5. 

It is said of the beloved Summerfield, that 
on one occasion, before a large audience, he 



ENTIEB DEVOTION TO GOD. 

announced a marriage ceremony about to be per- 
formed. The excited assembly, in almost breath- 
less suspense, waited the introduction of the par- 
ties concerned, when the devoted one announced 
himself as one of the parties, and observed, in a 
manner solemn as eternity, that he was now about 
to be united in marriage covenant. He then, with 
a solemnity never to be forgotten, brought him- 
self under bonds of eternal allegiance to Christ ; 
to take Him as the bridegroom of his soul, the 
only and supreme object of his heart's adoration ; 
and to have all his interests for time and for 
eternity in prominent, enUre, and perpetual one- 
ness with Christ. 

" I have made a covenant with my chosen," 
says the High and Holy One to His servant 
David. And now, precious lover of Jesus, thy 
Saviour only Avaits for thy well considered 
decision, and an avowal of perpetual and all- 
absorbing love on thy part, as preparatory to 
entering into covenant with thee. He is even 
now waiting for an entire surrender of thy whole 
being to Him, for an explicit avowal of thy pur- 
poses, in order to verify before all the hierarchy 
of His vast dominions the explicit declaration 
on His part, " I am married to thee." 

You may say, " I am fearftd of thus solenmly 
engaging myself, lest, in an unguarded moment, 
I should violate my pledge; and is it not better to 
remain unpledged than to vow and not perform? " 
Can you conceive yourself so won with the love- 



MABBIED TO THEE. 93 

liness of a fellow-being as to venture in marriage 
covenant, without fearful forebodings of incon- 
stancy ? Were I, on this principle, to dissuade 
you from entering into the solemnities of the 
marriage contract with one worthy of your love, 
would you not reproachfully repel the suggestion, 
with the persuasion that I had but little know- 
ledge of the strength of your affection, or the ex- 
ceeding amiability of your friend ? Would you 
not rather contemplate the blessedness of an 
enduring relationship, in confident expectation 
that a riper knowledge would but heighten your 
estimation, and increase the ardour of your love ? 
And now can you not, in expectation of cor- 
responding results, contemplate an ever-during 
union with the Altogether Lovely? If thus 
taken into entire oneness in interest and de- 
sign with Christ, may you not conclude that, 
looking upon Him, your mind will become ab- 
sorbed in the contemplation of His infinite and 
ineffable attractions, and your spirit so captivated 
with new and ceaseless revelations of loveliness 
daily, that you will evermore be enabled to testify 
to the glory of your Saviour P — 

*' His loveliness my soul has prepossessed. 
And left no room for any other gnest." 

*' But may I not in affection and interest be 
as truly in oneness with the Saviour without 
taking upon me the responsibilities of a solemn 
covenant engagement? " On the same principle as 
in the alliance before referred to, I say, No I You 



94 ENTIBB DEVOTION TO GOB. 

uDhesitatingly concede that you would not wish 
to be left in this state of indefiniteness and irre- 
sponsibility relative to a union with one to whom 
your earthly affections were devoted ; and do you 
not need the same restraints in order to have 
your affections centred on the Saviour with per- 
manency and definiteness, and beyond the reach 
of casualty ? 

Will you not now contemplate the blessedness 
of an avowed and eternal union with Jesus, and 
take upon yourself, through His grace, the respon- 
sibilities of an everlasting covenant, to be wholly 
His for time and for eternity P I do not ask that 
you assume the inffnitely important obligations 
implied, without the most careful circumspection. 
Let it not be other than "a covenant in all 
things ordered and sure ;" so that in future your 
heart may not be tempted to say, " This and the 
other sacrifice were not contemplated." But why 
do we thus imagine, when it is to the embrace of 
infinite love, wisdom, and power, that the sur- 
render is made? Can you anticipate requirements 
with which your spirit would hesitate to comply? 

Kather do you say, " Can it be that my con- 
descending Lord wiU deign to enter into cove- 
nant with one so unworthy ? May I, after per- 
mitting the eye of my mind to rest on other 
objects which have in part usurped the place 
where my Saviour only should have stood, pre- 
sume that He will look favourably upon me? 
Will He not chidingly reprove, if now I venture 



MAEUIED TO THEE. 96 

to lay hold upon His strength to make covenant 
with Him ? Other gods have had dominion over 
me, and has He not declared Himself a jealous 
God ?" True ; but He also says, " I, even I, am 
He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine 
own sake, and will not remember thy sins." 
(Isaiah xliii. 25.) Come, then, this moment 
with decisive feeling and action. He has pro- 
mised not only to forgive, but to love you freely. 

Surrender that heart in perpetual keeping to 
Him, and by the infinite virtue there is even in 
the touch (Mark vi. 56) of Jesus, the defilement 
of sin is taken away. Resting in His embrace, 
the hidden springs of the heart are so turned, that 
the tide of its affections flows out to Him, and 
through Him upon such objects only as His own 
compassionate heart would love and cherish. 
Thus alone can you be brought to love just what 
God loves ; and by this process only can you, in 
heart and action, be brought to fall in spontane- 
ously with all His designs, so that your interests 
will all be united with the interests of the Re- 
deemer's kingdom. 

If you ever thus take Christ as the Bridegroom 
of your soul, the decisive hour must arrive for 
the consummation of that union. It has only 
been delayed for want of an entire acquiescence 
on your part. The Heavenly Bridegroom even 
now is waiting with glorious attendants from the 
upper world to hear your decision, to bring on 
the consummation, and to ratify and record on 



96 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

the pages of eternity the infinitely responsible 
act. He now presents the terms of the covenant, 
and invites you in His strength to lay hold upon 
it. Will you keep Him longer waiting, and sub- 
ject yourself to the fearful probability of His 
taking a final d^arture? or will you signal- 
ize this eventful, solemn hour on the annals of 
eternity, as the specific period when you sub- 
scribed your name to a covenant which brought 
you under obligations never to be annulled, to a 
perpetual surrender of your being to Him ? 

** O happy day that fix'd my choice 
On Thee, my Saviour and my God I 
Yle^ may this glowing heart rejoice. 
And tell its rsptnres all abroad." 



XV. 

A COVENANT. 

** And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and 
write it and seal unto it." — Neh. ix. 38. 

" O happy day that sealed my vows 
To Him who merits all my love !** 

In the name and in the presence of the triune 
Deity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I do hereby 
consecrate body, soul, and spirit, time, talents, 
influence, family, and estate, — all with which I 
stand connected, near or remote, to be for ever, 
and in the most unlimited sense, the Lobd's. 

My body I lay upon Thine altar, O Lord, thai 
it may be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell 




A COVENANT. 97 

in. From hencefortli T rely upon Thy promise, 
that Thou wilt live and wjdk in me ; believing, 
as I now surrender myself for all coming time to 
Thee, that Thou dost condescend to enter this 
Thy temple, and dost from this solemn moment 
hallow it with Thy indwelling presence. The 
union is consummated ! " Hallelujah to Grod 
and the Lamb for ever ! " With comminglings of 
intense yet solemn joy, and holy fear, I do at 
this eventful hour resolve, in the strength of the 
Lord Jehovah, on minute circumspection in the 
sustainment and adornment of my body, to 
indulge in only such things as may be enjoyed 
in the name of the Lord, and bear the legible 
inscription, " Holiness to the Loed." 

My present and my future possessions, in 
family or estate, I here solemnly yield up in 
everlasting covenant to Thee. If sent forth 
as Thy servant Jacob, to commence the pil- 
grimage of life alone, and under discouraging cir- 
cumstances ; if, like him, homeless, with nought 
but a stone for my pillow; yet, with him, I 
will solemnly vow, " Of all that Thou shalt give 
me, surely the tenth will I give unto Thee." 
If Thou wilt, or hast already intrusted me with 
children, I hereby take upon myself the solemn 
obligation to train them for Thee. I resolve, 
that my training shall be in view of fitting them 
for the self-sacrificing service of God, and laying 
up treasure in heaven, rather than in view of 
fitting them to make a display in the world, and 

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98 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

lay up treasures on earth. And I resolve, if Thou 
givest " power to get wealth," I will still con- 
tinue to regard this vow, in relation to my family, 
as sacredly binding as at the present hour, and 
will of my greater abundance " lay by in store " 
proportionately for charities, and the evangeliza- 
tion of the world, according as God hath pros- 
pered me. 

Believing that the Scriptures are a sufficient 
rule for my faith and practice, because "aW 
Scripture is given by inspiration of Grod, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
and for instruction in righteousness;" I resolve 
that I will search the Scriptures daily on 
my knees, (unless circumstances of health alto- 
gether prevent,) as in the more immediate pre- 
sence of God; and that my faith and my 
duties shall be regulated by the unadulterated 
WORD OF God, rather than by the opinions of 
men in regard to that word ; and that no impres- 
sions in relation to doctrines or duties shall be 
regarded as coming from God, unless the said 
doctrine or duty be plainly taught in the Holy 
Scriptures. 

And now, " O Lord, the great and dreadful 
God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them 
that love Him and to them that keep His com- 
mandments," confessing that I am utterly un- 
able to keep one of the least of Thy command- 
ments, unless endued with power from on high, I 
hereby covenant to trust in Thee for the needful 



A COYENAMT. 99 

aid of Thy Spirit. Thou dost now behold my 
entire being presented to Thee a living sacrifice. 
Already is the offering laid npon Thine altar. I 
call heaven and earth, God the Father, Son, and 
Spirit, the spirits of just men made perfect, and 
the innumerable company of angels now encamped 
around me, to witness this solemn act of entire, 
absolute, irrevocable renunciation of sin and self I 
Yes, my all w upon Thine altar. O Grod, Father 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, behold the 
offering 1 By the hallowing fires of burning love, 
let it now be consumed 1 Let the purifying, 
consuming energies of the Holy Spirit now 
penetrate soul and body, and cause every power 
of body and mind to ascend in ceaseless flames 
of love and praise, a living sacrifice. O Christ, 
Thou dost accept the sacrifice, and through Thy 
meritorious life and death, the infinite efficacy of 
the blood of the everlasting covenant. Thou dost 
accept me as Thine for ever, and dost present 
me before the throne of the Father without 

spot: — 

" No more I stagger at Thy word. 

Or doubt Thy truth which cannot move." 

Thou dost condescend to espouse me to Thyself 
in the bonds of an everlasting covenant in all 
things well ordered and sure, and from hence- 
forth all my interests in time and eternity are 
blended in everlasting oneness with the Father 
and with His Son Jesus Christ, my fellowship is 
with the triune Deity, my citizenship in heaven ! 

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100 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

And now, O Lord, I will hold fast the profession 
of this my faith before Thee, before angels, and 
before men. The exceeding great and precious 
promises upon which I have here laid hold, have 
been given me on condition of my complying with 
the terms thereunto annexed. Through the 
power of Thy Spirit alone I have complied with 
the conditions laid down in Thy Word upon 
which Thou dost promise to enter into these 
covenant engagements with me ; and now, before 
angels and men, I will declare my faith in Thee 
as my covenant-keeping God. And as I solemnly 
purpose that I would sooner die than break my 
covenant engagements with Thee, so will I, in 
obedience to the command of God, hold fast 
the profession of my faith unwaveringly, in face 
of an accusing enemy and an accusing world. 
And this I will through Thy grace do, irre- 
spective of my emotions, resolved that my faith 
in God shall not depend on my uncertain emo- 
tions. Now, O God, my covenant engagements 
are before Thee. Thou hast registered them, on 
the pages of eternity. Already have they been 
ratified before the throne in the name of the 
Triune Deity, Father, Son, and Spirit. Trust- 
ing in Thee to keep me that I may never break 
from Thee by violating this my solemn cove- 
nant, I hereunto set my hand and seal, on this 
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XVI. 

SANCTIFICATION RETAINED. 

HOW ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS TO BE 

RETAINED. 

It is only by an entire and continual reliance 
on Christ, that a state of entire sanctification 
can be retained. The sacrifices under the old 
dispensation were sanctified by the altar upon 
which they were laid. Had the offerer resumed 
the sacrifice, to the degree he resumed it, to 
that degree it would have ceased to be sanc- 
tified; for it was the altar that sanctified the 
gift. Thus, under the Christian dispensation, 
the entire sanctification of spirit, soul, and body 
takes place the moment the entire being is laid 
believingly tipon the Christian altar. And when 
the entire being touches Christ, that moment it is 
holy. For " whatsoever toucheth the altar shall 
be holy." As many as touched Jesus, when on 
earth, were made whole by the virtue that went 
out of Him. 

The only way to retain the grace of entire 
sanctification is by keeping all upon the altar. 
As the soul progresses, increased knowledge and 
strength involve higher responsibilities. Propor- 
tionate to the light are the responsibilities, bring- 
ing into requisition yet more and more of the spirit 
of sacrifice. In order to retain a state of entire 

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sanctification, these responsibilities must be met. 
And through Christ, who strengtheneth, they 
can be met. The strength of Christ is imparted to 
the soul that relies wholly on Him. The soul that 
thus relies, has only to ask, " Could my Saviour 
have endured under such a trial ? such a cross ? 
or under any circumstances, however varied, in 
which I may be placed ? — then I may endure." " I 
can do all things through Christ which strength- 
eneth me ;" not only who did strengthen, or can 
strengthen, but who strengtheneth just now, and 
continually, for every emergency as it occurs. 
It is only by a careful, constant, and entire reli- 
ance on Christ, that holiness can be retained. 

It is an important consideration, that the en- 
tire way to heaven is narrow. It is the way 
of the cross. We sometimes hear persons speak 
of going around the cross; but those who 
speak thus have not carefully acquainted 
themselves with the chart leading from earth 
to heaven. The cross covers aU the way to 
heaven. He who would be a disciple begins 
to lift it, in the strength of Christ, the first step 
he takes in the heavenward course. Before he 
entered upon the way, the Spirit presented the 
terms of discipleship, and never could he have 
become a follower of Christ unless he had re- 
solved on entire compliance with the conditions 
of discipleship, which, in the Saviour's own 
words, stand recorded thus: "If ant man 
WILL BE My disciple, let him dent him- 



SANCTIFICATION KBTAINED. 103 

SELF, TAKE XJP HIS CKOSS, AND FOLLOW Me." 

Yet we would not have it inferred that the soul 
will have occasion to say, " The burden of the 
Lord," while enduring the needful cross, in or- 
der to retain a state of entire sanctification ; for 
love knows no burdens. Christ's yoke is easy 
and His burden light. The strength of Christ 
being imparted to the soul that trusts wholly in 
Him, how can the burden be otherwise than 
easy, and even delightsome, when borne in 
almighty strength, and with the soul filled with 
the constraining love of Christ ? 

Yet we would have it known that the blessing 
of entire sanctification cannot be understandingly 
retained otherwise than by the most careful cir- 
cumspection in all things. The walk of those pro- 
fessing this grace must not be such as rightfully 
to provoke the inquiry, " What do ye more than 
others ? " The pursuits, the equipage, and the 
whole exterior, serve as an index to the mind ; 
and to the degree conformity to this world 
is practised, is the default in regard to worldly 
renunciation evident ; and to a proportionate 
degree would a profession of entire sanctification 
be questionable and uninfluential. 

Perhaps some may say, "When I received 
the blessing of entire sanctification, my mind 
was not convinced that exterior things stand in 
such close connexion with deep internal piety." 
We would not suspect the sincerity of such, 
but would ask, Have you been faithful to all 



104 BNTIBB PBVOTION TO GOD. 

the convictions you have since had in regard to 
these matters ? As you have been going onward 
in the highway cast up for the ransomed of the 
Lord to walk in, has not clearer light been 
given, discovering further responsibilities and 
sacrifices, as connected with your vows of entire 
devotion P Did not the Spirit in gentle whispers 
tell you, that you might be more useful, if 
more evidently cross-bearing and self-sacrificing 
in your spirit P Now let me assure you before 
God, that unless faithful to this increase of 
light, you cannot retain a state of entire sanc- 
tification. Increasing light brings increasing 
responsibilities. You have abeady made the 
sacrifice of your time, talents, reputation — your 
all — to God. Unless you take your sacrifice 
from off the hallowed altar, you must conclude 
to be obedient in these higher duties. You 
were not insincere when you made the surrender 
of your whole being to God through Christ; 
but you may now see that more was involved 
in that sacrifice than your perceptions at that 
time apprehended ; and surely you will not be 
guilty of the sacrilegious act of removing an offer- 
ing from off God's altar ; for it was indeed the 
Lord's altar upon which you laid your offering ; 
and it became His property the moment you laid it 
there. If you shrink from any duty, you will take 
the offering from off the altar, and then you will 
fall from a state of entire sanctification. If you 
begin to fall, the Lord only knows how low your 



SANCTIFICATION BETAINED. 105 

fall may be. It will not avail you that you have had 
a high experience. The greater the height from 
which an object falls, the greater the velocity 
and the lower the depth to which it sinks ! 
Think of Lucifer, how exalted his height, yet 
how sudden and rapid his fall ! — as lightning he 
fell from heaven ! It was because he was so high 
that he fell so low. Then keep all upon the 
Lord's altar, if you would retain a state of entire 
sanctification ; keep ever in the spirit of sacrifice, 
and you will ever enjoy the transforming, soul- 
cheering presence of the Sanctifier. The Father 
Himself will love you, and come and make His 
abode with you, and, with the sustainings of 
Christ's blissful, hallowing communings, as your 
indwelling Saviour, you will prove His infinite 
ability to keep you from falling, and to present 
you faultless before the presence of His glory 
with exceeding joy ! 



106 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

XVII. 

POWER OF FAITH. 

VOICE FROM THE EAST. 

PACTS ILLUSTEATIVB OF THE PEINCIPLES PRESENTED 
IN THE PBECEDING PAGES. 

" But is it possible that I 

Should lire and sin no more ? 
Lord, if on Thee I dare rely. 
The faith shall bring the power." 

A Congregational Minister, in addressing 
his friend, says thus : " My mind was in a con- 
dition of perfect bewilderment. Like a vessel 
in a thick fog, I could not possibly ascertain my 
position, or satisfy myself that my course was 
either right or safe. I knew I had not lived for 
years that life of faith and obedience which the 
Scriptures clearly required. But how to reach 
that elevated position of a divinely wrought 
holiness, I knew not. That I was not right, 
I well knew ; but how to get so was more 
than I knew. I read everything that came to 
hand on the subject, and corresponded with 
several individuals whom T supposed capable of 
rendering me assistance, but all to little apparent 
purpose. Not that I think all this really lost 
labour ; I do not ; but it seemed at the time 
that I was gaining nothing. I was ignorant, 
and God was leading me in a way I knew not. 
I was in the hands of a kind and skilful Phy- 



POWER OP PAITH. 107 

sician, who gave His remedies adapted to my 
wants, rather than to my taste. But I now see 
that what the Lord does to save us from sin, 
or to reclaim us from our wanderings, is jiMi 
the thing that is calculated to ejffect the object 
aimed at. He did not leave me to my own way ; 
neither did He trust me with my own manage- 
ment. He undertook for mSy and the way I 
have been led has 'proved itself to be right. The 
Apostle says, " If any man think that he knoweth 
anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought 
to know." Of this declaration I have had some 
blessed experience. I have effectually learned 
the difference between dimne and human light. 
We can understand human things, or earthly 
things, but * the things of God knoweth no 
man.' For instruction in these things we are 
indebted to the Spirit of God. But the Lord 
did neither leave nor forsake me. He patiently 
endured all my stupidity and all my carnality ; 
and, in so doing, verified the declaration of His 
own word, that His compassions fail not. But 
you will want to know where I am, and what 
has been done for me. And here, dear sister, I 
must proceed cautiously: we have, doubtless, 
the right to tell anything and all that the Lord 
really does in us ox for us. 

" In the first place, then, I can now say that 
I understand most fully the idea of having a 
Bible experience. The Lord has taught me 
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108 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

the most glorious of any experience I ever had. 
When I first read your views, I did not see the 
power of the thing ; but the Lord took that very 
course with me, and I was amazed at the result ! 
It does seem as if I obtain a clearer knowledge 
of more Scripture in one day than I could before 
in a month. And then what conviction of the 
truth! I cannot describe it; but you know 
what I mean. The prophet says, * All thy chil- 
dren shall be taught of God, and great shall be 
the peace of thy children.' Let him that hath 
a dream tell a dream, but I prefer the other 
method of instruction. And now, the Bible, O 
how inestimably precious 1 It is my meditation 
day and night. I can lean on nothing else now 
with any confidence. And again, how full it is ! 
It meets my every want, answers all my diffi- 
culties, solves all my perplexities, — 'profitable 
for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction 
in righteousness ; ' so that I am thoroughly fur- 
nished for every good work. If I ask the Lord 
for instruction on any point, I am sure to get 
my answer by reference to the woed, and that 
in most instances before I rise from prayer 1 I 
do not wonder that the natural man does not 
understand the things of the Spirit; for they 
are spiritually discerned. I do not wonder 
that they are foolishness to him. My heart 
says, * Praise the Lord ; ' and you will say so 
too, when you read this. 

"Another experience I will mention, — ^what 



POWER OP PAITH. 109 

you call * the rest of faith.' Your term expresses 
the idea as I now apprehend it. I can enter 
right into your very idea, as it seems to me, and 
verify the Scripture declaration, *We who be- 
lieve do enter into rest,'' This rest is truly a 
ceasing from our own work. For it is God that 
worketh in us, both to will and to do of His 
good pleasure. My labours, and toils, and 
struggles are over, and my soul rests in God. 
I am given up into His hands as His instru- 
ment, to be used by Him for the accomplish- 
ment of His purposes, whatever they may be. 
I deem myself no longer my own, but His, 
by purchase, and to be used whoUy in His 
service. 

" As respects the extent of holiness, I see no 
end to it. It is just as illimitable as the source 
from whence it proceeds. It is a life hidden in 
God. The term, when used as expressive of a 
state into which mortals through the blood of 
the everlasting covenant may enter, implies a 
life hidden in God. Without Christ we can do 
nothing. Through Christ, who strengtheneth 
us, we can do anything that He would have us 
do. And this leads me to say, that the Christian 
has no right to a will of his own. He must be 
identified with the will of God; an instrument 
with which God can accomplish His purposes. 
When John was asked what he said of himself, 
his reply was, ' I am a voice.' 

" God was using him to point out the Saviour. 

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110 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

This is my will, sister, to be a voice, and have the 
Spirit of Grod furnish the matter, and regulate 
the manner. 

"What an idea does the Scripture present, 
when it declares, * Ye are the temple of the Holy 
Ghost ! ' Again : God says by the Prophet, ' / 
will dwell in them and walk in them.' And are 
we indeed the representatives of God P Has the 
great God no better way of manifesting Himself 
than to take our bodies, and act out Himself in 
us ? Surely, professed Christians do not realize 
the fact, or they could not exhibit such traits 
of character as many of them dol I do not 
wonder that the Spirit leaves so many. Surely 
they do not do honour to the Being they repre- 
sent. But will God thus dwell with men? 
Most surely Christians are called to exhibit 
before the world an indwelling God; for the 
triune Deity takes up His abode with the disciple 
who loves Him and keeps His words. Yes, to 
the obedient, loving disciple, Christ, as one with 
the Father, says, * We will come and make Our 
abode with him.' Then loving, obedient Chris- 
tians must be God-like, Christ-like. 'Be ye 
perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.' 
' I in them and Thou in Me, that the world may 
know that Thou hast sent Me.' Christ was God 
manifest in the flesh, and the life also of Jesus 
should be made manifest in His people. (2 Cor. 
iv. 10.) Are we such? But I did not take up 
my pen to preach, but merely to relate some- 



POWEE OF FAITH. Ill 

thing of what the Lord is doing with me. My 
desire, my all-absorbing desire, is to be literally 
one with God. No desire, no aim, apart from the 
will of God. ^11 — body, soul, and spirit — at 
the service of God. This is my idea of Scrip- 
tural Sanctification." 

• " Thy soul, thy body, and thy every power. 

Was purchased unto Him, and Him alone ; 
And not one day, no, not one passing hoar. 

Canst thou by virtual right use as thine own. 
The Lord's free servant, thy Redeemer's claim 

Seal'd with His blood's deep traceless signature. 
Then go forth in His might — ^work in His name — 

Prove faithful untO death, thy crown is sure." 



XVIII. 
FOWER OF FAITH. 

VOICE FROM THE SOUTH. 

"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." 

— ^Matt. xii. 34. 

"I FEEL an inextinguishable desire to com- 
municate a knowledge of the unspeakable bless- 
ing which I have received through your instru- 
mentality. My acquaintance with your writings 
comnaenced in 1846, at which time I read 
* Holiness, with Notes by the Way.' It was the 
first book which gave me tangible views of the 
great doctrine of holiness. In that book I saw 
this blessing standing out before my hopes in a 

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113 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

substantial, practical form. I commenced seek- 
ing it in earnest, and, as I now see, was on the 
eve of embracing it ; but faith staggered, and the 
blessing seemed to take a position at a vast dis- 
tance from me, so much so that I sometimes 
almost lost my hope of ever attaining it. Still my 
determination was to direct my desires and efforts 
towards it as long as life shoidd last, spurred 
on by the fear that if I failed to attain it, my soul 
would be lo^t. I preached it with all the power 
I had ; my arguments and appeals on the sub- 
ject lashing me all the time with terrible effect. 

" In this state of things, and while the subject 
of constant and painful doubts as to whether I 
was really justified before God, my brother-in- 
law, the Kev. I. T. W., now stationed in N , 

N. C, sent me, by mail, * Faith and its Effects.' 
This, my dear sister, was made my Joshua, to 
guide and urge me into the promised land of 
perfect love. In that blessed state I have been 
living since last night a week ago. I commenced 
reading 'Faith and its Effects,' last Tuesday 
evening. The reading was resumed Wednesday 
night before the hour of retiring, with no settled 
plan of seeking the blessing which the book 
describes. I had read on through the sixteenth 
Number, when my soul became alarmed in view 
of the danger and awful consequences of delay. 
I went to my knees with a fixed purpose to make 
an effort, and extend it as far as my ability should 
reach, and could say, when I knelt down, — 



POWER OF FAITH. 113 



** 'Already springing hope I feel, 
God will destroy the powers of hell.' ** 

I commenced giving up all as best I could. My 
wife came up in my mind, and, after an earnest 
effort, I gave her up. Next came my libraxy, 
which had often been a snare to me ; this was 

also given up. Next came ; he also was 

given up. Next, and last, my own will, 

" Then passed before me various circumstances 
where I had resisted the will of God for my own 
gratification. Among other things, I had had, 
almost all through my Christian course, a stub- 
bom opposition to praying all night long. I had 
been willing to pray two or three hours together, 
but to continue all through the lonely night 
seemed to be horrible. But, by the grace of God, 
I was conscious of giving up all without any re- 
servation. The Holy Spirit then impressed upon 
my mind the duty and vast importance of be- 
lieving the offering thus given up accepted and 
sanctified. God gave me grace, and this tremend- 
ous bar was passed. Next the Holy Spirit 
brought to my mind the duty of believing that 
God would keep by His power that which I had 
committed to Him, on condition that I would 
continue by faith to keep the offering in His 
hands. 

" The exercise of this glorious faith, through 
the stupendous mercy of God, became a conscious 
reality. The solemn engagement was then made, 
and ratified between God and my soul, that His 

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114 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

Spirit would lead, and that I, assisted by His 
grace, should follow on till time with me should 
be no more. And now, my dear sister, 1 am 
* kept by the power of God through faith unto 
salvation.' * Satan cometh, and hath nothing in 
me.' Still he is permitted to tempt, but not to 
overcome. I had a terrible struggle with him 
last Saturday night. He had been whispering 
all day long that 1 ought to have a greater ful- 
ness and clearer light. I commenced my evening 
devotions before dark. Soon the cry of my soul 
was, ^lAght I light ! LIGHT 1 ' the words of my 
Saviour, meanwhile, sounding in my ear, ' If ye 
abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall 
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.' 
The tempter, not questioning my sanctification, 
suggested that my request was within the limits 
of the promises, and that if 1 did not realize what 
I was praying for, my sanctification would neces- 
sarily die out. I was seized with horror at such 
an awful thought, and an agony ensued, calling 
into requisition every power of my mind, soul, 
and body. The roaring of the fiend, during this 
struggle, seemed to make heaven and earth 
tremble. But when the struggle was at the 
height of its terror, these words came as from 
the lips of an angel : * Blessed is he that is 
tempted ; for when he is tried, he shall receive 
the crown of life.' Immediately the battle was 
turned to the gate, and the tempter left me in 
the calm confidence of triumphant and unshaken 



POWER OF FAITH. 115 

faith. Next morning, resuming my devotions at 
an early hour, I rejoiced in full and certain assu- 
rance that my name is written in heaven, and 
engraven on the palms of my Saviour's hands. 
Though your descriptions of this state are glow- 
ing, yet I can truly say, that the half was not 
told me." 



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This perfect love, H is perfect, perfect bliss : 

All is well, all is well. 
what a happy happiness is this ! 

All 18 well, all is well. 
To hear Him whisper, * Thou art Mine, 
And all in Me, My child, is thine,* 
O, these are triumphs all Divine ; 

All is well, all is well. 



XIX. 



POWER OF FAITH. 

VOICE FEOM THE WEST.* 

" Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou 
shouldest see the glory of God ? "—John xi. 40. 

" Reader, without fail read the letter, on the 

experience of perfect love, in this week's paper, 

and bless Gk)d that the administration of the 

Divine Spirit is still continued to the souls of 

those who 'believe in the Holy Ghost.* We 

trust the sister who wrote the letter, and the 

sister who furnished it for our columns, will be 

induced to write more on this subject, and favour 

♦ The above is from the " Western Christian Advocate." 



116 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

our readers with the perusal. In the meantime, 
those who have not read the communication which 
proved so useftd to our itinerant brother, will 
now read it, and, like him, simply believe in the 
sufficiency of God the Father, Son, and Spirit, 
to accomplish this work in the hearts of men." — 
Rev. Br, Elliott^ Editor of the JFeatem Christian 
Advocate. 

"PEKFECT LOVE EXPERIENCED." 

" On the 6th of December, the writer, like 
many others, tried to preach on the subject of 
holiness, without enjoying it himself. His heart 
was warm with the importance of the subject, as 
it frequently had been for a number of years. 
But he often felt much like the teacher who tries 
to instruct the pupil in lessons of which he him- 
self is ignorant. But, thanks be to God, a 
change has been wrought. 

" On reaching home, the evening of the 6th 
instant, the writer took from the office the last 
number of the * Advocate,' which was published 
on the 3rd of December. About nine o'clock 
he read the article headed * Holiness.' It was 
an extract of a letter written by the author of 
the • Way of Holiness.' Before he had finished 
reading it, he saw and felt that he might then 
obtain the blessing. However, he continued 
reading till the article was finished. Then, 
pausing, he lay back in his chair, with his hat on 
his head, and the ' Advocate ' in his hand, and 
prayed as follows : * Lord ! Thou art willing 



POWEE OF FAITH. 117 

und Thou art able to save me. O Lord ! Thou 
hast saved me now from all sin. Thou hast — I 
cannot dovht it I Thou hast saved me from all 
sin.' Then, in one momeni, perfect love filed his 
soul / The paper dropped on the carpet, where 
it lay till morning, and he clapped his hands and 
cried, * Glory to God ! ' This was all done in an 
instant. He then threw off his hat and fell on 
his knees, and then on the floor, where he re- 
mained until near midnight, crying, and praising 
the Lord. 

" The depth of love was astonishing, but not 
so much so as the simple manner of obtaining it. 
It was just as simple and as easy as thought. 
He had sought for this blessing a number of 
years ; but he now thought that he would try 
the Lord at His word, and see if He would 
receive him, if he would give himself up in this 
simple way. He formerly had thought that it 
required a great effort upon his part ; but now 
he simply paused and sat still in his chair, with- 
out any distress of mind, or even shedding a 
tear, and whispered a simple prayer in faith, 
and the blessing was imparted. Unbelief is now 
the great temptation, but faith still retains her 
hold. The evidence is brightened every day. 
The faith that works by love, and purifies the 
heart, is the simplest thing that ever was con- 
ceived of. 

" The writer daily thinks of the simple teach- 
ing of Bishops Janes and Hamline. This bless- 



118 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

ing takes down a high spirit, and clothes it with 
humility. O that all the world could see its 
simplicity, and realize its joy ! The Minister 
wants perfect love to show him his duty, and 
perfect love to prepare him to discharge it. This 
blessing is indescribable. To be brief, it is an 
entire change throughout soul and body. With 
a heart overflowing with perfect love, the writer 
felt it his duty to say something to the readers 
of the * Advocate ' concerning this great blessing, 
and the means by which it was made his ; and 

he trusts Dr. E. will insert sister 's letter 

in the next paper. Behold what a blaze a little 
fire Mndleth ! " 

" And wouldst thou now be sanctified. 
From all pollution free ? 
Look now to Him who for thee died. 
And purchased this for thee. 

" Yes, looky«<*^ now I The morrow's sun 
Thy new-made grave may view ! 
And what remains that should be done, 
"With all thy might pursue I 

" Now is God's time ! the cleansing flood 
Is open to thy sight ; 
O ! just now wash in Jesus' blood, 
And make thy garments white." 



POWER OF FAITH. 119 



XX. 

POWER OF FAITH. 

TOICE FROM THE NORTH. 

**I KECEIYED the blessing on condition that I would profess 
it, iand I dare not withhold my testimony." 

" During the last eight months I have been 
permitted, in the infinite love of God, to enjoy 
the rest of faith, the constant cleansing of the 
blood of Jesus, and the continual anointing of 
the Spirit, who worketh in me that love which is 
the fulfilling of the law. Feeling it my duty to 
declare, to the praise of our covenant-keeping 
God, what great things He hath done for me, 
and hoping that some seeker of full salvation 
may be encouraged to persevere by a narration 
of my experience, I will endeavour to tell how 
the Lord has led me into the highway of holiness. 
* He leadeth the blind by a way which they know 
not.' Surely thus has He led me; for very- 
blind was I, as to the way by which I was to 
obtain that holiness which my soul for many 
years craved as its life. 

" I received in childhood faithful religious 
training; and at the age of thirteen, by the 
blessing of God on the labours of a devoted 
teacher, was converted. I made a public pro- 
fession of faith, with a deep sense of the respon- 
sibility resting upon me, and a determination to 



120 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

be a consistent Bible Christian. For a few years 
my attention was cluefly directed to the outward 
duties of my profession, while the need of a 
deep inward work was unfelt. At length it 
pleased God, through the labours of a devoted 
brother, who experienced and preached holiness, 
to awaken me to the necessity of having a clean 
heart. I had known Christ as a Saviour without 
me, to whom I had gone daily for pardon ; but 
I now desired to have Him an indwelling 
Saviour, having full possession of my soul, and 
making it His fit habitation, by a thorough 
cleansing and an entire subjection of every 
thought and desire to Himself. My views of 
the exceeding sinfulness of my nature were so 
dear, that had it not been for the precious 
promises applied by the Spirit, at the moment 
of my utmost need, I should have despaired of 
obtaining salvation. 

"For hours I would plead some promise, 
feeling that the life of my soul depended upon 
its fulfilment. The immediate result of this ex- 
perience was a clearer vdtness of my justification, 
and a conviction that holiness was attainable 
before death. I even argued this point, from 
Scripture, with others; but when I found this 
doctrine was accounted heresy by the church 
with which I was and am still connected, and 
that the profession of it would expose me to 
reproach and disgrace, I shrank back, and began 
to doubt the truth of this view of sanctification. 



POWER OP PAITH. 121 

The consequence was, I lost the light already 
given, and for ten years longer continued under 
the bondage of sin, dishonouring my profession, 
and defrauding my Saviour of the entire devotion 
of all my powers to His service. I am sad 
when I think how much J might have accom- 
plished for the good of souls in those ten years, 
if I had been wholly the Lord's. Still my 
desires for holiness remained, and were strength- 
ened by reading Upham's Works. I entreated 
the Lord to sanctify me by any means, even the 
severest, if necessary. He took me at my word, 
and, by a succession of sore bereavements and 
trying dispensations, stripped me of all in which 
I had sought enjoyment or satisfaction. My 
dearest idols were removed, one after another, 
until I lay before the Lord with a crushed and 
desolate heart. Bless the Lord, I murmured 
not, but recognised in all these dealings of my 
Heavenly Father the answer to my prayer. As 
the streams of earthly happiness dried up, my 
thirst for the ever-flowing Fountain increased. 
Formerly I desired holiness for the sake of the 
peace and happiness connected with it ; but now 
I desired it that I might live for the gloiy of 
Grod, feeling that my own enjoyment was a thing 
of small consequence in comparison with the 
honour of Him who had loved me and given 
Himself for me. 

"One evening, in February, 1852, 1 attended 
a prayer-meeting in the Dutch Reformed Church 

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122 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

in Haerlem, where God was pouring out His 
Spirit. During the whole evening my desires for 
perfect union of soul with Christ were intense ; 
and I entreated the Lord to show me before I 
left the room what hindered me from enjoying 
this union, promising Him that if a right eye or 
right hand was in the way, it should be sacrificed. 
Just before the close of the meeting I was led 
solemnly to vow, that if the Lord would convince 
me of the tnith of the doctrine of holiness, as 
held by the Methodists and some others, and 
give me the experience of it in my own soul, 
Itoouldprofeaa it, I was amazed at the step I 
had taken ; for I had verily believed that I was 
doing God service in rejecting this view of 
sanctification ; but I felt that this vow was an 
answer to the wrestling prayers of the evening, 
and was determined to be honest with God. 

" From that moment I felt that all controversy 
between God and my soul was at an end. I was 
willing to be anything and to do anything which 
He required. For several weeks I studied the 
Scriptures in reference to sanctification; the 
Holy Spirit gave light, and I became again con- 
vinced that holiness was the duty and privilege 
of each believer. But how to get it I under- 
stood not. I had no Christian friend to instruct 
me, being a stranger in this city, and the only 
Protestant in a family of Koman Catholic rela- 
tives. At last I ventured to call upon a dear 
sister, who, by her writings, prayers, and efforts. 



POWER OF FAITH. 123 

has been the instrument of leading many into 
the * way of holiness.' She showed me that the 
blessing was received through faith, — that, after 
I had made an entire consecration of myself to 
the Lord, I was bound to believe that He, faith- 
ful to His promise, accepted the sacrifice, and 
sanctified it for His service. Praise the Lord 1 
I was enabled to ^believe with the heart unto 
righteotimess, and with the mouth to make con^ 
fession unto salvation ! ' I received the blessing 
on condition that I would profess it ; and I dare 
not withhold my testimony to the power of Jesus 
to * save His people /ro»i their sins.' * Bless the 
Lord, O my soul: and aU that is within me, 
bless His holy name : who forgiveth aU thine 
iniquities ; who heaUth all thy diseases,^ " 



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My heart believes, my tongae shall tell. 

And far and near my faith profess ; 
My soul in rapturous strains shall swell 

The fame of Jesus* faithfulness. 
He saves His people from their sin ; 

He saves me now 1 bless His name ! 
He sets His kingdom up within : 

And shall I not His praise proclaim ? " 



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124 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

XXI. 

THE ALTAR. 

TVE HAVE AN ALTAR. 

" Bound on the altar of Thy cross, 
Our old offending nature lies ; 
Now for the honour of Thy cause. 

Come, and consume the sacrifice." — ^Wesley. 

God has so constituted the human mind, that 
it seems to require that truth should be made 
obvious to its perception. The Old and New 
Testament Scriptures are strikingly adapted to 
meet this necessity. The types of the Old Testa- 
ment prefigured the good things developed in the 
New. In proportion to the magnitude of the truth 
to be developed, is the type kept in imposing atti- 
tude before the mind. Hence the importance of 
the Divine admonition, " Comparing spiritual 
things with spiritual." (1 Cor. xi. 13.) The God 
of the Bible never gave one unmeaning type ; and 
the pious Bible reader should not be satisfied, 
until all the great leading truths of the Bible are 
made tangible to his mind. No one subject was 
so prominently kept before the mind under the 
old dispensation, as the altar and its sacrifices. 
From this we may infer that some tmth of re- 
markable magnitude is involved and prefigured. 
And now the question with every one earnestly 
desiring to know of the most important truths 
connected with his salvation should be, " What 



THE ALTAE. 125 

great truth does God intend to illustrate by the 
altar and its sacrifices?" 

Has a Christian an altar ansuoerable to the 
type so continuously kept before the mind under 
the old dispensation ? Let an inspired Apostle 
answer : " We have an altar whereof they have 
no right to eat who serve the tabernacle." If 
the first was taken a\^ay in order that the second 
might be established, where then may the Chris- 
tianas altar be found ? Christ says, " For their 
sakes I sanctify Myself that they may be sancti- 
fied through the truth." " Sacrifice and offering 
Thou wouldst not, but a body hast Thou prepared 
Me." "By the which wUl we are sanctified 
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ 
once for all." Paul, immediately after declaring 
the fact, " We have an altar," directs the atten- 
tion to Christ, and says, " Let us therefore go forth 
to Him," &c. Benson, in his Commentary, says, 
" Christ, who also is the only Christian altar, 
to which we bring all our sacrifices and our 
services." Dr. Clarke says, " The Christian's 
altar is the Christian's sacrifice, which is Christ 
Jesus, with all the benefits of His passion and 
death." All true Christians belong to " a holy 
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices accept- 
able to God by Jesm Christ J"* Dr. Clarke says, " In 
all metaphors there is something in the natural 
image that is illustrative of the chief moral 
property in the thing represented." And how 
strikingly and tangibly has the thing prefigured 

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126 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

by the altar and its sacrifices been apprehended 
by Christians of all ages ! Where is the earnest 
believer who has not, in the exercise of his holy 
vocation, exclaimed, "I lay aU upon Thine 
altar, Lord ; " "I present myself to Thee a 
living sacrifice?" These utterances were not 
in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, 
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; and were 
the spontaneous effusions of the gracious soiil, 
in the legitimate language of the heart, accus- 
tomed to compare spiritual things with spiritual. 
After the comer unto the Christian's altar has 
been constrained by the mercies of God to pre- 
sent himself a living sacrifice, and fix)m the ful- 
ness of his heart exclaims, " I now lay all upon 
Thine altar," where is the lover of Bible phrase- 
ology who would chide him, and have him sub- 
stitute some other language ? Where should a sin- 
ner present his sacrifice but upon the altar which 
Gt)d has erected, whereunto the polluted may 
come, and be made clean, — ^the unholy, and be 
made holy ? 

THE GIFT. 

** For whether is greater^ the g\fty or the altar ? " 

And in what was the foolishness and the 
blindness of the Scribes and Pharisees displayed, 
80 justly calling down the denunciations and 
" woes " of the Son of God P They made far 
greater account of their poor puny offerings than 
they did of the sanctity and claims of the altar 
upon which their offerings were laid. The Jewish 



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THE ALTAR. 127 

altar, after being subjected to various symbolical 
cleansings, the offering of a bullock upon it 
by way of atonement, kc., seven days in suc- 
cession, was anointed and sanctified, and was 
ordained to be ever after " an altar most holy. 
" Whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy. 
This altar was now the Lord's altar in such a 
peculiar sense, that whatsoever touched the altar 
became holy by virtue of the touch. From the 
moment the gift touched the altar, it became 
virtually the Lord's property. These Scribes 
and Pharisees were comparatively unmindful of 
the great sanctity of the altar, thinking much 
more of the gifts which they brought to the 
altar, than they did of the altar and its claims. 
The claims of God for the altar had been clearly de- 
scribed, which were to be the choicest of the kinds 
designated. When that which was bleniished 
was offered in sacrifice to God, — the lame, torn, 
sick, or blind, — it was an abomination to Him, 
and, however earnest or tearful in importunity 
the offerer might be, his offering was not regarded, 
and those that attempted to present such were 
charged with the awful, sacrilegious act of pol- 
luting God's altar ! But these Scribes and Pha- 
risees were not here rebuked for sinning after 
this simiKtude. It was because they lightly 
regarded the sanctity of the altar upon which 
their offerings were laid, and said, " Whosoever 
shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but 
whosoever sweareth by the ffi/i that is upon the 



128 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD. 

altar, lie is guilty;" as though the gifU they 
brought to the adtar were a matter of greater 
consideration than the altar upon which their 
gifts were laid, which God had ordained to 
be an altar most holy. 

ESTIMATE TESTED. 

Do you regard the gift as greater than the altar ? 

Do you set a lighter estimate upon the altar 
• than upon the gifts which you bring to the altar ? 
Thousands sin after this similitude, and bring 
such woes upon themselves as those pronounced 
upon the Scribes and Pharisees. Christ, who has 
redeemed you wholly unto Himself, now has, 
and ever has had, an all-commanding claim upon 
all your ransomed powers. Body, soul, time, 
talents, influence, and reputation, already belong 
to Him. Have you rendered all up to Him? 
or are there points of reservation in relation to 
one or all of these gifts, with which God has 
intrusted you? God has given you that body 
which now enshrines your spirit. Do you think 
more about that gift than the claims which 
Christ has upon it ? Have you said in your 
heart, " How can I give up my body as a whole 
burnt-sacrifice, to be so laid upon God's altar as 
to preclude my ever again regarding it as at my 
own disposal?" or have you said, in relation to 
other gifts, — your time, reputation, or talents, — 
" How can I devote my every gift so exclusively 
to holy service ?" To the degree you have been 



THIS ALTAB. 129 

shrinking from the surrender of these gifts, and 
thinking more about them than about the altar 
upon which they ought long since to have been 
sacrificed, to that degree you have been sinning 
after the same similitude as the Scribes and Pha- 
risees. And yet more surely will you bring down 
the displeasure of God than they did ; for the 
altar to which you come is infinitely holy, and 
its demands on all your redeemed powers are 
infinite, 

" Thou God that answered by fire. 
On Thee in Jesu's name we call ; 
ruM our faithfol hearts* desire. 
And let on us Thy Spirit falL 

*' Bound on the altar of Thy cross. 
Our old offending nature lies ; 
Now, for the honour of Thy cause. 
Come, and consume the sacrifice 1 



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Consume our lusts as rotten wood. 
Consume our stony hearts within ! 

Consume the dust, the serpent's food. 
And dry up all the streams of sin. 

Its body totally destroy 1 

Thyself The Lord, The God approve 1 
And fill our hearts with holy joy. 

And fervent zeal, and peifect love. 



*' that the fire from heaven might fall. 
Our sins its ready victims find, 
Seize on our sins, and bum up all. 
Nor leave the least remains behind 1 



180 EMTIBE DEVOTTOlf TO GOD. 

** l^itii shall our prostrate souls adore, 
TAe Lord, He is the God, confess : 
He is the God of saving power 1 
He is the God of hallowing grace V 



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